Amid the threat of tropical depression ‘Marilyn’, about 40 families consisting of 166 persons from Barangay Mercedes were secured by the city government of Catbalogan to an evacuation center located in Brgy. Payao upon the instruction of Mayor Dexter Uy. (Facebook of Mayor Dexter Uy)

CATBALOGAN CITY – As part of a precautionary measure, the city government here evacuated 40 families consisting of 166 individuals from a coastal village in the wake of heavy rains dumped by tropical depression ‘Marilyn’ on Thursday (Sept.12).
The families, who were from Barangay Mercedes, were temporarily sheltered at a newly-constructed evacuation center in Brgy. Payao.
Mayor Dexter Uy said that evacuating these families amid the threat of Marilyn is just a precautionary measure of the city government to avoid potential loss of lives as Mercedes is identified as a landslide-prone area.
In December 2014, 20 people perished in the village after it was hit by a landslide spawned by a heavy downpour brought by typhoon ‘Seniang’.
Uy said that the residents were allowed to return to their respective homes after the weather improved.
The city mayor said that he was thankful that the residents immediately heeded his call for them to temporarily leave their homes for their own safety. (ROEL T. AMAZONA)