Geohazard mapping nears completion in Philippines

Geohazard mapping nears completion in Philippines

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Philippines: The Mines and Geosciences Bureau IX (MGB), Philippines, is about to complete its geohazard mapping of Zamboanga Peninsula that will identify places which pose a threat to the safety of people.

Emma Deverala, Information Officer of MGB IX, said, “The geohazard mapping in the region, which started in 2005, is now in its final year. It was a 5-year national programme,” Deverala said.

“So far, we have assessed almost 87 per cent of the region. Our Geahazard Assessment Team, headed by Geosciences Chief Vheina Marie P. Quintana, is likely to complete the mapping of the remaining municipalities and cities like the Triple S-B or the municipalities of Siocon, Sirawai, Sibuco, Baliguian in Zamboanga del Norte, Isabela City in Basilan, and their last stop, Zamboanga City, within the year, hopefully by November,” Deverala said.

The bureau is yet to release the report for every province but Deverala hinted that the entire peninsula, just like the entire country, is prone to hazards like landslides and other land hazards.

MGB IX is also conducting information and education campaigns throughout the region arming people with adequate knowledge of the risk in their area and what to do to ensure their safety.

According to Deverala, once the programme is complete, the bureau will come up with geohazard maps identifying the type of geohazard a particular area is prone to. The map will also contain information on locations of Barangay centres and important landmarks among others. The maps can also be used by the government, urban and rural development planners, stakeholders and communities as a blue print for their disaster risk management plans or programmes.

Source: Philippine Information Agency