RDCC Davao identifies three areas vulnerable to natural disasters in Davao City

August 9, 2010 11:58 am 

DAVAO CITY, Aug. 9 — The Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) here has identified three fast-developing areas in this city as among the most vulnerable areas to natural disasters.

The RDCC said based on information gathered from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in the region, Barangays Ma-a, shrine Hills and Barangay Mintal could be risk to floods, landslides and other environmental catastrophes.

It may be recalled that over the last four years, residents in Barangay Ma-a have raised concern over the development of two major subdivisions along the slopes of its ridges of Shrine Hills.

RDCC said housing developers Consunji-owned DMC-UPDI and Manny Villar’s Crown Communities are poised to shave off portions of Ma-a’s rolling terrain to make way for high-end residential estates.

Two more projects are in the initial stages of development, among which is Kisan Lu’s Twin Palms subdivision.

Residents in the area echo the RDCC’s concerns.

Officials of the Ma-a Federation of Homeowners said the clear problem is the appearance of increased threat of killer landslides and flooding presented by Ma-a Shrine hillside development plans.

They added that Ma-a Creek near the area will suffer greatly and increased erosion into the Davao River which will suffer siltation and fecal bacteria infestations.

The subdivisions should simply not be allowed to connect with Ma-a Creek, the group declared.

Heavy rains from these subdivisions will easily collect and pour in more than 400,000 cubic meters of water into the Ma-a Creek, thereby raising the risks of overflow and flash floods, the group added.

The resident said housing developers must be required to establish direct drainage by pipeline to the Davao River and avoid Ma-a Creek. (PNA)

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