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DENR produces geohazard maps of high-risk towns

Davao City, Philippines: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Philippines produced 1:10,000 geo-hazard maps for distribution to high-risk local government units. Leo Jasareno, director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, said that the department is targeting to map 160 municipalities with the better detailed 1:10,000 scale maps.

Jasareno said that these maps are bigger, thus more detailed than the current 1:50,000 geo-hazard maps that were given to each municipality. According to Jasareno, the budget for the programme would be PHP 300 million for a period of five years.

However, he said the main problem they will be encountering in the mapping project would be the lack of geologists to undertake said project.

Among the details that can be found in a 1:10,000-scale geohazard map include parameters or features in the area that may affect ground stability and the type of landslides that can possibly occur in the area.

Relocation sites for affected residents can also be plotted which is severely limited to the available 1:50,000-scale maps, according to DENR Secretary Ramon Paje.

Source: PIA