PASIG authorities said soil erosion following heavy rains could have caused the deep cracks — which stretched up to 70 meters, on Topaz Road in the Ortigas Business District in Barangay San Antonio, Pasig City.
Barangay San Antonio Pasig (BSA) Chairman Raymond Lising said that based on initial findings, the cracks on Topaz Road that appeared between a construction site and a condominium building were first seen at around 5:30 p.m. on August 22.
“Our initial findings showed that soil erosion could have caused the cracks. Yesterday, it was raining very hard here,” he said in a statement.
Lising inspected the affected area with Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto, city hall officials, personnel of DPWH, Meralco, and Ortigas Land on Monday morning.
Right after the inspection, a meeting on the matter was also held by the key officials.
Meanwhile, Lising said the construction site in the area will cease its operations for the meantime.
As there is still no imminent danger in the area, Lising said the residents and workers in four buildings near the cracks will be not be evacuated.
On the other hand, Lising said that they, along with city hall officials, will check the safety of the buildings or if they obtained any damage.
The barangay chairman called on the public not to panic as local government officials are working closely together to investigate what really happened.
Lising also appealed to the general public not to panic as local government officials are working closely together to investigate what really happened.
“We are appealing to everyone not to panic. But we must always remain vigilant and alert at all times,” he said.
The people residing and working in the four buildings near the cracks will not be evacuated, he said.
“There will be no evacuation. So far, there’s no danger.”
“Along with our local government officials, we will be inspecting the four buildings near where the crack are located,” Lising said.
The barangay chairman also asked netizens not to share erroneous information on social media as this could cause panic among residents and workers in the affected area.
The whole stretch of Topaz Road in Ortigas Center in Pasig City was closed off after the deep cracks appeared on Sunday evening.
Pasig City’s rescue staff placed barricades on the road and covered it with tarpaulin.
Officials from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, and Barangay San Antonio will meet on Monday to find out the source of the cracks. With CNN Philippines