‘Agaton’ postscript: Impasug-ong town declared under state of calamity

MALAYBALAY CITY (Bukidnon News/29 January) The municipal council of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon passed a resolution in a special session today placing the town under state of calamity a week after tropical storm Agaton hit Mindanao.

Vice Mayor Anthony Uy told this reporter via telephone Wednesday a total of 1,272 persons or a total of 265 families, more than half of the number of households in upland Brgy. Sayawan, have fled the area due to landslides.

The landslides were triggered by raining brought by ‘Agaton’ and more than a week of rains caused by the low pressure area (LPA).

He said the residents were temporarily housed at the local gymnasium with other evacuees from other barangays. Uy said evacuees from barangays Capt. Bayong and Impalutao were housed in their respective evacuation sites.

Brgy. Sayawan, the worst hit, is one of four villages identified to be landslide-prone in the town, Uy added.

He said so far, only two houses have been totally damaged because of the landslide but five more houses are already endangered in the village. The rest of the residents, he added, fled for fear of further landslide – with cracks in the village.

Uy said Mayor Mario Okinlay already requested the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-10 to send a geology team to assess the cracks. But he said they learned that the MGB was unable to send a team yet.

“The residents can’t go back without the MGB’s assessment,” he added.

DXDB-AM Radio reported Wednesday afternoon that heavy rains that caused landslides affected all of the town’s 13 barangays with the havoc brought by ‘Agaton’.

The municipal council’s declaration was based on damage and needs assessment (DANA) worth about P68.13 million damage to property and crops. Uy told DXDB he sought for the list of persons who will be recipients of the calamity funds when the resolution was put to vote. He clarified that he was in favor of the declaration but the list of intended recipients should be presented.

DXDB reported that the resolution was passed nonetheless.

Uy noted that so far, based on balance of previous years, the town has available P19 million in calamity funds.

Ma. Leah Barquez, point person of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said Impasug-ong and two other towns, Malitbog and Libona also submitted damage reports brought by tropical storm ‘Agaton’. (Walter I. Balane/Bukidnon News.Net)