Retrieval ops for Naga landslide victims closed; focus now on rehabilitation, investigation

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AUTHORITIES HAVE terminated the retrieval operations in Naga City, Cebu, where massive landslides killed at least 78 people on Sep. 20,. Efforts will now focus on rehabilitation. As of Sunday, five people remain unaccounted for. Naga Councilor Carmelito Cruz, Jr., also the head of the head of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office and the Emergency Operations Center, said at least P400 million will be needed for the permanent relocation of 400 families. “We are in the process of conducting a Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) with the guidance of Cebu Province and the (regional) Office of Civil Defense. The inputs during the PDNA will form part of the Recovery and Rehabilitation Plan,” Mr. Cruz told The Freeman. The city currently has P55 million in local funds for the rehabilitation, excluding the P10 million in donations. Mr. Cruz said the national government has committed to give P175 million through the National Housing Authority. Meanwhile, the Cebu provincial board started on Monday its own investigation into the Naga landslides, which is being blamed on quarrying operations. — The Freeman

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