AN ENVIRONMENT official blamed the denudation of the forest for the landslide
last week in Aurora, Zamboanga del Sur.
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive
Director Ernesto Adobo Jr. said the mountain alongside the highway was already
denuded. Only coconuts and bananas were planted on the area and these were
"enough to prevent erosion during heavy rains."
The landslide last week brought about by heavy rains accompanying typhoons Inday
and Juan paralyzed vehicular traffic, after the Aurora highway--which serves as
one of the major links between cities and provinces in Western and Northeastern
Mindanao areas--was rendered impassable due to the mudslides.
Three people were killed while several others were wounded when a passenger bus
was covered by mud during the landslide.
Adobo said the government could not, however, reforest the mountain alongside
Aurora highway, saying it is a private-owned land.
The DENR official said he would try to convince the landowners to plant
commercial trees in the area to prevent a similar incident in the near future.
The place has been known as prone to landslide every time there is continuous