Barrio hall falls in landslide
Imminent danger comes true
Everybody expected it coming. The barangay hall of the richest barrio where geothermal steam is explored and steamed, fell into a landslide and was in total wreck several hundred meters down the slope of the Puhagan mountain range.
It did not actually come as a complete surprise; in fact local authorities have adopted several pre-disaster mitigating measures to keep lives from mortal danger and damage to public and private property to the minimum.
Since tropical storm Sendong battered the barangay on December 17, 2011, the barangay hall of Puhagan, Valencia, the principal host of the geothermal plants of the Energy Development Corporation, has been tagged as being in imminent danger of collapsing due to intermittent landslides and soil erosion especially during heavy downpour.
Any attempt to reinforce the existing structures within the barangay government compound would be costly. Estimates vary from P 30 million to P 50 million. So management decided to just let it go when it goes. And it did last week.
Thus, the Barangay Council led by Captain Leonarda T. Sarita sent two resolutions to EDC on August 15, 2012 requesting for a joint assessment and survey on the stability of the barangay lot and the integrity of the public buildings within the compound and for the company to provide the barangay with a suitable, safe and stable relocation site for the LGU's facilities and buildings following the August 6, 2012 6.9 magnitude earthquake during the traditional Monday flag ceremony with more than a hundred people in attendance who panicked after the huge tremor caused a massive landslide at the back of the barangay hall.