Philippines: Detailed mapping of 17 locations considered as critical areas in Soccksargen Region has been completed, according to an official of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) -12.
MGB 12 regional director Constancio Paye Jr., said these new geo-hazard maps were prepared at scale of 1:10,000, much larger than the initial maps of the entire Soccsksargen Region that the agency has completed two years ago.
Completed detailed geo-hazard maps were that of the cities of General Santos and Koronadal as well as the municipalities of Tampakan, Banga, T’boli, Tupi, and Lake Sebu in South Cotabato; Malungon, Alabel, Maasim, Maitum Kiamba, Glan, and Malapatan in Sarangani province; and, Bagumbayan, Columbio, and Sen. Ninoy Aquino in Sultan Kudarat province
Director Paye explained the project, which started in 2011 is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to boost disaster preparedness especially among local government units down to village level as well as in the implementation of various mitigation measures against disasters and calamities that may occur in their area.
DENR earlier allocated PHP 354 million for assessment and densification of geo-hazard maps, particularly in disaster-prone areas.
Besides the detailed features of specific locations, the project would also identify permanent and safe relocation sites for families living in most critical areas.
Detailed geo-hazard maps of all critical areas to flooding and landslides in the entire country should be completed by 2014.