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The Office of Civil Defense has declared the two landslide areas in Negros Oriental as “no habitation zones” after a thorough inspection and study conducted by technical experts.

Undersecretary Benito Ramos, OCD administrator, said these areas are Sitio Moog, barangay Planas in Guihulngan City, and Sitio Bluke 2 in barangay Solonggon, La Libertad.

Ramos informed local officials of these areas about the decision in the congressional hearing of the House Oversight Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management at the Sangguniang Bayan session hall in Dumaguete.

He also directed Col. Francisco Patrimonio, 302nd Brigade commander, to guard the two landslide areas against returning families.

Mayor Ernesto Reyes is also recommending that two other sitios be declared as no habitation areas due to the possible occurrence of landslides. These are sitios Pitogo, situated between P. Zamora and McKinley, and Ilaya.

The mayor said a safe temporary relocation site will be provided and where families can farm, which is their main source of livelihood.*JG

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