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Ma-a village declared danger zone, Palmetto Place Davao condemned

Authorities are currently conducting ground assessment in landslide-prone barangays in the city.

Initial results flagged Juario Village in Barangay Ma-a, Talomo District as a danger zone. Residents of the village have been advised to evacuate as soon as possible due to threats of imminent landslide, according to a statement issued by Mayor Sara Duterte.

The operation was spearheaded by the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CDRRMO), Mines Geosciences Bureau XI (MGB XI), and Department of Environment Natural Resources (DENR).

Mayor Duterte also said that the Palmetto Place Davao, also in Barangay Ma-a, was condemned.

She said the condominium was recommended for condemnation after the earthquake left cracks on walls, beams, channels and posts of the buildings 2 and 3 of the said complex.

“Residents of the condominiums have voluntarily vacated their units after receipt of Notice to Vacate from the Davao City Office of the Building Official,” Duterte said in a statement.

Residents of the condominiums have voluntarily vacated since there was a notice to vacate from the Davao City Office of the Building Official.

Meanwhile, the search and rescue operations led by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) at the collapsed Ecoland Residences 4000 complex was concluded Thursday evening with the following findings and actions taken: nine individuals injured, zero fatality and missing victims and 20 occupants evacuated.

The Davao City Legal Office has also been ordered to probe the actions of the City Engineer’s Office, Office of the City Building Official, and the Building Administrator’s Office of Ecoland 4000 Residences in relation to the collapsed building.

“At least one person was arrested for disobedience to a lawful order in relation to the operations at Ecoland 4000,” Duterte said without giving additional details on the case.

Meanwhile, the mayor also assured that all bridges and roads in the city were inspected and declared safe by the CEO and the Department of Public Works and Highways.

She further noted of an ongoing joint ground assessment by CDRRMO, Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region 11, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and local officials of landslide-prone barangays in this city.

She bared that initial results of the assessment flagged Juario Village in Barangay Ma-a as a “danger zone” and the residents of the village have been advised to evacuate immediately because of threats of an imminent landslide.

Duterte also announced that classes from kindergarten to post-graduate studies in public and private educational institutions will resume on Tuesday (Nov 5).

“School authorities are mandated to spend November 4 as a day to thoroughly inspect school buildings, review earthquake action plan and disaster manual to ensure the safety of the students and employees,” she said.
She added that school authorities should conduct earthquake and fire drills at least once a month and to provide students with experts’ help who can discuss with them stress, trauma and anxiety.
“The public is reminded to keep calm, to not panic, and to always listen and follow authorities at all times,” Duterte said. (with PNA)

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