Engr. Fay w. Apil, OIC REgional Director of MGB-CAR with a team of geologists led by Benigno Cesar L. Espejo, OIC, Geosciences Division visited Mines View Park on January 23, 2019 to conduct an initial assessment of the reported cracks in the vicinity.
Kelvin Gaerlan, Senior Geologist of MGB-CAR carefully takes note of the tension crack found beside the entrance to Mines View Park. Gaps were measured and will be compared to previous data of the office.
Geologists of MGB-CAR inspect the reported cracks found in Mines View Park. From left to right: Jelson Edduba, Jethro Panganiban and Kelvin Gaerlan
Photo taken inside Mines View Park showing noted tension cracks and vertical displacement.
The initial inspection report by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region (MGB-CAR) recommended that some areas of the Mines View Park be declared as danger zone; therefore construction of new structures must be prohibited, especially in those parts where tension cracks have been observed.
This recommendation came after a team of geologists headed by Benigno Cesar Espejo, officer in charge of the Geosciences Division of MGB-CAR, conducted an initial ocular geological inspection at the vicinities of Mines View Park in Baguio City on January 23, 2019, after receiving reports that cracks in the area were observed.
Engr. Fay W. Apil, OIC regional director of the bureau, who visited with the team, talked with the village chief of Mines View Park, Bgy. Capt. Rolando Cayat and other barangay officials and solicited their help in vigilantly monitoring the area and to immediately report any progression of said tension cracks for appropriate action.
According to the MGB Geohazard Map, the barangay is classified as “Highly Susceptible to Landslide” and therefore greatly vulnerable during periods of continuous heavy rains. Detailed geohazard assessment will be conducted in the area again.
Fast urbanization of the area, unregulated construction and insufficient drainage system are also factors that contribute to the area being highly prone to landslide.