Philippines: Southern Leyte Landslide

The Guinsaugon rockslide-debris avalanche is the second major landslide of this kind to be described in the twenty-first century and the volume of its deposit falls within the range generated by debris avalanches from the twentieth century.

A massive landslide devastated the commu­nity of Barangay Guinsaugon, Municipality of St. Bernard, Southern Leyte Province, Philip­pines, at about 10:30 local time on 17 February. The landslide occurred along the steep fault scarp of the Philippine Fault Zone (PFZ) , a large and active tectonic structure that traverses the entire length of the Philip­pines. Barangay Guinsaugon is located at the foot of the scarp, directly in the path of the downward moving mass of earth.

This study focuses on the 2006 landslide tragedy in the Philippines, where an entire community, including its people, its productive assets, and its socio-cultural resources, was totally buried. It reports on the various levels of recovery that have been achieved among the provision of community services and facilities such as health, education, recreation, infrastructure, livelihood opportunities and psychosocial services; and identifies the limitations of the principle of "build back better" as well as those areas of concern in which the principle can best be applied.
Center for Disaster Preparedness International Recovery Platform