ABANDONED HOUSE. Mr. Jethro G. Panganiban, a geologist of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Cordillera Administrative Region closely inspects the cracks of the floor in the house of Ms. Magdalena Delmonte in barangay Patad, Pilar, Abra. Said house have been recently abandoned because of imminent danger. A team of geologists from the regional bureau visited the municipality of Pilar during the last week of August, 2017 to conduct an ocular geological inspection of the area.
IMMINENT DANGER. After inspecting some houses in Barangay Patad, Pilar, Abra, OIC chief geologist Benigno Cesar L. Espejo (standing, 3rd from right, in blue)of MGB-CAR explains to the mayor of Pilar, Jaja Josefina S, Disono (seated) the initial observations of the team on the cracks found inside some houses and the mitigation that they could implement. Initial results of the ocular geological inspection conducted in the area, showed that the location of the affected houses is an old landslide deposit and is now showing signs of earth movement, thus the appearance of cracks in the area. It was recommended that retaining walls be constructed in some portions to contain possible landslide especially during heavy rains.
TREK TO VILLAVIEJA MOUNTAINS. OIC, chief geologist Benigno Cesar L. Espejo of MGB-CAR (second) with the mayor of Pilar, Abra Jaja Josefina S. Disono (fifth), the barangay captain of Villavieja, Pilar, Randy DAlligus (first), the LDRRMO Gerickson Amorada (third), some members of the PNP and the community as they start the trek towards the mountain of Villavieja located near the borders of BGY. Tamac in Villaviciosa, Abra. In Tamac, more than 150 families have been affected by a massive landslide that occurred in September of 2015.
The local government requested MGB-CAR for an ocular geological inspection to the determine the extent of a reported land crack in the said mountain.
LANDSLIDE. Community leader of Villavieja, Randy Dalligus, points out to OIC chief geologist of MGB-CAR Benigno Cesar L. Espejo, part of the Villvieja mountain where a reported crack was found; the crack turned out to be a landslide that occurred in the area. Fortunately, said area is not residential and did not affect any house; community leaders were cautioned that prolonged heavy rains could trigger a mudflow and possibly affect Barangay Ukop.