DENR-2 denies Sierra Madre landslide caused by illegal activities

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The Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Cagayan Valley has dismissed reports that illegal activities caused a landslide in the Sierra Madre mountain range, particularly in Quirino.

“This incident in Sierra Madre in Quirino province was not due to mining, logging, or any illegal activities near or where the landslide was located, “ DENR Region 2 officials said.

DENR Region2 executive director Gwendolyn Bambalan said the landslide, which was approximately 90 meters wide at 1,592 meters above sea level, took place at Sitio Dioriong, Barangay Villa Gracia in Maddela town in Quirino.

“The incident was a natural occurrence due to heavy rains,” Bambalan explained.

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