“Are they going to wait for someone to die before sending help?”
SITIO MALUAN, Marilog, Davao City (MindaNews/13 December) — “Are they going
to wait for someone to die before sending help?” an exasperated Yolanda
Cortizaño, director of San Pedro College’s community extension services, asked.
Cortizano has reasons to fear. She had earlier worked with residents in
putting up a two-room cultural learning center for pre-schoolers near the
Maluan primary school building, some 40 meters away from the banks of Upian
River. A landslide near the school might destroy the building and affect the
education of children in the area, she said.
Landslide had earlier struck the area, on November 22, destroying five houses
and nine farms. But villagers reported seeing more cracks on the ground, tall
trees being swallowed by land, corn farms covered by rocks and soil and huts
destroyed. And even as barangay chair Leonilo Suyko has sought the assistance
of the City Engineers’ Office, they have not received a positive response, he
The Nov. 22 landslide left a swathe of destruction over 23 hectares. The City
Agriculture Office estimated the damage at P1.1 million. Nobody was reported
killed or injured during the incident.
The sitio, which has a population of 37 households, is located 10 kilometers
from the highway, in an area considered by the Office of the Civil Defense as
“prone to landslides.” (To be updated)