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Evacuees may now return home as aftershocks count down, says Phivolcs, MGB

Local News • 16:45 PM Fri Nov 29, 2019
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North Cotabato Gov. Nancy Catamco and Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista speak to reporters after the meeting. (contributed photo)

KIDAPAWAN CITY - Evacuees hailed from areas not considered as high risk can now return to their respective homes. 

This was announced by Melvin Sebua, chief of Cotabato Field Office of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of DENR-12 during an inter-agency and sectoral consultations at the North Cotabato provincial capitol called for by Gov. Nancy Catamco.

The meeting was aimed at unifying all efforts of affected Local Government Units and other concerned agencies in helping the victims of recent earthquake.

Catamco has been running a series of consultation since she re-assumed office on November 21 and had visited and talked to families and local officials in the evacuation sites.

Among the most frequently asked question by residents is the official advisory of returning home and identification of safe relocation sites.

In her consultations in Barangay Perez and Ilomavis, tribal leaders raised inquiry to Catamco on the safety of relocations sites and expressed concern over the displacement and dislocation from their ancestral domain due to earlier pronouncement by LGUs that the areas have been declared "no build zones."

Being a true blooded IP, Catamco issued statement on the rights of Indigenous Peoples according to IPRA law.

She wanted to be clarified on the issuance of "no build zones" and stressed that the rights of the IPs should be respected.

This has also prompted local legislative offices of Makilala and Kidapawan City to conduct an inquiry with MGB and Phivolcs. 

Representatives of both offices denied the issuing or declaring "no build zones" but merely reported and identified landslide prone areas.

Kidapawan City Mayor Joseph Evangelista clarified that they had not issued a "no build zone order" and that they are ever ready to implement a rehabilitation plan.

He said it is more practical to spend government resources building houses and livelihood than feeding them in the evacuation centers.

Phivolcs also presented reports today on lowering of counts of aftershocks these past few days as per official record from its reference station in Pikit.

Based on record, of November 28 only 92 earthquakes were felt at magnitude 1.4 to -5 of the 2,172 and 857 plotted.

Present in the activity were Board Member Philbert Malaluan, Jaime Odo, Municipal Mayors of Mlang, Kidapawan City, Tulunan, Magpet and Makilala and representatives of Metro Kidapawan Water District, Cotabato Electric Cooperative (Cotelco), Department of Agriculture XII, DPWH and Engr. Hermis Daquipa of Phivolcs. The presence of agencies is important to the consultation being among the involve service providers.

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