Eastern Samar residents wants to relocate to safer sites


In the wake of the aftermath of super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), residents of different municipalities in Eastern Samar want to be relocated to higher grounds to prevent any similar catastrophe.

Eastern Samar Rep. Ben Evardone said on Tuesday that the residents of Hernani, San Julian and Salcedo towns already fear that they will suffer the same fate if they will not relocate to a safer zone.

“Most of them except one [barangay of Hernani]are in the coast line so most if it were wiped out so their decision was really to relocate,” Evardone said.

Hernani’s mayor, Edgar Boco, wants the whole municipality to be transferred, including its schools, markets and churches to a different zone in their territory. It is the town where the eye of the monster storm passed.

So far there are 12 barangays in Hernani, three barangays in Salcedo and one barangay in San Julian wanted to be moved to a higher ground.

These communities have around 10,000 population dependent on coconut farming and fishing as their livelihood.

All of these areas lie along the coastline.

“Mostly that were affected were traumatized and maybe they also realized the danger,” the lawmaker said.

The residents will be moved nearer to the mountains in their respective territories but the local government unit, together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources, will have to scout the relocation site first to see whether it is a safer zone.

Evardone said that the government will now strictly prohibit structures to be built 20 meters from the coastline.

However, in other countries, no building zones are 50 to 200 meters from the shoreline. JHOANNA BALLARAN



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