Pampanga gov inspects newly-completed housing units for landslide victims

March 21, 2012 10:53 am 

ARAYAT, Pampanga, March 21 –- Governor Lilia Pineda, together with some local officials, recently inspected the newly-completed 57 out of the 120 target housing units for the victims of the landslide tragedy in Barangay San Juan Bano here.

The national government, through the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), is funding the construction of the housing project while the provincial government committed to shoulder the cost of labor for their construction as its counterpart.

Last year, the provincial capitol spent P5 million for the construction of 64 bunkhouses and provided other necessary relief assistance and services to the landslide victims.

During her visit, the governor assured Mayor Luis Espino and the other local officials here that the provincial government will provide the necessary support and services to address the peace and order, health and environmental concerns including construction of roads, schools and provision of water supply.

She asked concerned barangay and municipal officials to undertake urgent precautionary measures and prevent another landslide tragedy as huge boulders were found at Mt. Arayat which could endanger the lives and properties of the residents at the slope of the mountain.

The governor showed the local officials some photos of the boulders found at Mt. Arayat and stressed the need to implement necessary measures and strategies as she fears the repeat of another landslide similar to what occurred at the height of typhoon Ondoy in 2009 that killed 12 people.

She likewise invited 703rd Army Infantry Brigade Commander Col. Gregorio Catapang, Provincial Police Director Edgardo Tinio, Mayor Espino and barangay officials concerned to join her in the actual inspection of the site and come up with an accurate assessment of the dangerous situation. (PNA)

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