Tuesday, December 27, 2011

A call for geohazard maps in the Philippines

Philippine Information Agency: The information provided in the geohazard maps show the level of susceptibility of an area to hazards like flooding and landslides, therefore they should be used by the local government officials, according to the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-6.

MGB Regional Director Leo Van Juguan repeated his call for all local chief executives to use the geohazard maps given to them last year, to prepare their people and prevent loss of lives.

Van Juguan reiterated the call in the aftermath of the devastation wrought by tropical storm Sendong in Iligan, and Cagayan de Oro in Mindanao and Dumaguete City in Negros Oriental. He said the information provided there should spur the mayors, governors and other stakeholders in the disaster preparedness and mitigation program of communities to take action.

“They should relocate communities most vulnerable to hazards of flooding and landslides,” Van Juguan said....

A NASA satellite's view of the Philippines

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been searching for the geohazard map of Iligan in the DENR MGB website but there is none. Also, it is not only the LGUs that need to be provided with available geo maps. How about the general public, particularly at the barangay level, which are the ones directly affected by geohazards. If it is really something which is a matter of life and death, why is the information not disseminated in a clear manner direct to the communities?