DEPARTMENT of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu yesterday ordered all environment field officers to take proactive and timely measures to avoid risks associated with excessive rainfall.
Cimatu issued this order following heavy rains brought by Tropical Depression Usman that triggered flashfloods and landslides killing at least 120 people in the Bicol Region shortly before the New Year.
He stressed that the increase in the frequency of landslide events triggered by heavy rainfall underscores the urgent need to further protect communities from the devastating effects of climate change.
In the earlier part of 2018, two other deadly rainfall-induced landslides happened in Itogon town in Benguet and Naga City in Cebu province. A similar incident happened in Natonin, Mt. Province in October.
“It is imperative for the DENR and its field offices to be responsive to the dangers and adverse effects of excessive rainfall,” Cimatu said.