The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2 has reiterated that there is no illegal activities traced in the landslide incident in Sierra Madre.
In a press briefing recently conducted, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan of the DENR said the landslide incident which covers approximate average width of 90 meters and total height of 1,592 meters above sea level took place at Sitio Dioriong, Barangay Villa Gracia, Maddela, Quirino.
"The landslide incident was a natural tendency due to heavy rains,” said Director Bambalan.
Per report of the investigating team composed of personnel from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices of San Isidro in Isabela and Nagtipunan in Quirino; and local government units of San Agustin and Maddela towns, the area is covered with mossy forest and limestone rock formation within the Quirino Protected Landscape.
The team also discovered bedrocks and boulders along the Sili Creek found at the foot of the incident area; and discolored flowing water from the top of the landslide site.
RED Bambalan emphasized the absence of inhabitants or community in the area and no traces of illegal activities found in the site and nearby areas as revealed by the ground investigating team who trekked for almost a week to reach the landslide exact location.
To ascertain the condition of the uppermost area of the mountain and determine what possibly caused the landslide incident, the DENR together with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has scheduled aerial surveillance in coordination with proper authorities.#