Support pours in for landslide victims

JOINT efforts from the national and local government were evident in a bid to help the victims of the tragic landslide in Barangay King-king, Pantukan, Compostela Valley.

National Defense Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje, ComVal Province Governor Arturo Uy, Pantukan Mayor Celso Sarenas, Commander of Eastern Mindanao Command Lt. Gen. Artur Tabaquero, 10th Infantry Division Commander MGen Jorge Segovia and 1001st Brigade Commander Col Roberto Domines converged to talk about the recent updates in the retrieval operations and the forced evacuation.

They were sent by President Benigno Aquino to verify the situation in the area.

“President Aquino wants to know on how to comprehensively handle the situation,” Paje said.

They made sure that the residents will be relocated to ensure their safety especially after the discovery of a 70-meter fissure that could possibly result to another tragedy if rainfalls continue.

Uy said he will impose no habitation in the area.

Gazmin was pleased with the cooperation among agencies both from the national and local government. “All agencies were involved in helping together for this mission and not just the concerned agencies”, he added.

Locals also flooded the area to extend help in the search and retrieval operations.

Meanwhile, MGen Jorge Segovia said that insurgency has been a detriment for the small-scale miners. “The NPAs are extorting money from them,” he said.

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