Philippines, November 14, 2014: The Environment Secretary Ramon Paje recently revealed that the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has completed geohazard maps of 80% regions hit by typhoon Yolanda.
Geohazard maps for 131 out of the 171 cities and municipalities at a scale of 1:10,000 are now ready for distribution to the concerned local government units in nine provinces, Paje said. These new maps will replace the older version maps which use a scale of 1:50,000.
“The new maps are more precise than those with 1:50,000 scale, thus fast-tracking rehabilitation and development efforts, including proactive measures on disaster prevention and preparedness, especially by LGUs,” Paje said. He added that local government units all the way down to the barangay level will be furnished copies of the maps along with recommendations.
The completed maps cover the provinces of Biliran, Cebu, Dinagat Island, Eastern Samar, Iloilo, Leyte, Palawan, Samar and Southern Leyte. High-resolution maps for the remaining 40 towns covering five provinces — Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Masbate and Negros Occidental — are in various phases of completion.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) launched its P354-million geohazard mapping program in 2011 after completing the nationwide mapping at a scale of 1:50,000. The production of new geohazard maps is part of the Philippine Development Plan on climate change mitigation and adaptation of the Aquino administration.