QC mayor welcomes probe on Litex landslide

Posted at 08/09/12 5:27 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista welcomed Thursday a Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) investigation on the recent landslide that killed 9 people at Litex Road, Barangay Commonwealth during heavy rains last Tuesday.

"I welcome this investigation in order for us to determine the people who should be held accountable for this tragedy," Bautista said in a statement.

"Surely, heads will roll," he added.

Bautista issued a warning to barangay officials who are unable to control the influx of informal settlers within their respective areas.     

A landslide triggered by heavy rains killed nine members of the same family and injured four others in Litex Road Tuesday.

Environment Secretary Ramon Paje earlier said Litex Road has been identified as moderately susceptible to landslides, according to government geohazard maps.

Bautista said DILG Secretary Jessie Robredo has already declared the 7,000 square meter landslide area as danger zone and intends to pull out at the soonest possible time the residents occupying the area.

The mayor said the planned resettlement should not be misconstrued as demolition but a rescue effort by the local government.

Bautista earlier pressed the DILG for support for the much-needed relocation of QC informal settler families living in danger areas.