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Engineering intervention for Manipis road pushed

By: Michelle Joy L. Padayhag August 03,2016 - 10:52 PM

motorcycle riders pass by the Manipis road where the landslide occurred. CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA

motorcycle riders pass by the Manipis road where the landslide occurred. CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA

THE Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB-7) has recommended an engineering intervention for the landslide-prone area in Barangay Manipis, Talisay City.

Ma. Elena Lupo, supervising geologist for MGB-7, said that this intervention may lessen the occurrence of landslides in Manipis road.

“We did not reach the point of closing the area. Instead, we recommend to build either canal, riprap or drainage (to solve the problem),” Lupo told the reporters. She also recommended to flatten the slope to avoid landslides.

Lupo said the engineering intervention would be done by the concerned local government unit and the Department of Public Works and Highways in Central Visayas (DPWH-7).

DPWH-7 Assistant Regional Director Juby Cordon told Cebu Daily News they were now discussing protection works for Barangay Manipis.

“It is not just riprap, canal and drainage, but we also need to introduce other technologies,” Cordon said.

The Manipis road is prone to landslide during heavy rains.

Meanwhile, the MGB-7 has issued hazard maps to the different local government units (LGUs) in the entire province to identify areas that are prone to flood and landslide.

The bureau is also conducting an assessment on geohazard mapping in the province.

The first set of assessment is held in the towns of Ronda, Dumanjug, Barili, Aloguinsan, Pinamungajan, Toledo City and Balamban in southwest Cebu; Asturias, Tuburan and Tabuelan in northwest Cebu; and San Remigio in northern Cebu.

There is also an ongoing subsidence hazard to identify sink holes in Cebu.

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TAGS: Department of Public Works and Highways in Central Visayas, DPWH-7, Manipis, MGB-7, Talisay

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