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‘Learn geohazard maps to contain disasters’

Manila, Philippines: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Philippines, advised local officials to familiarise themselves with geohazard maps to reduce the impact of natural disasters in their respective areas, particularly during the typhoon season.
Aside from familiarising themselves with the maps, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said local government officials should also implement necessary measures to prevent loss of lives or properties due to natural disasters. Paje made the appeal as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned that heavier rains are still expected until September due to the “residual” effect of the La Niña event in the country.
In particular, Paje pointed out that a geohazard study on the Matina Pangi River in Davao City called, “Terrain Analysis of the Davao City Watershed,” conducted by the MGB-Region 12 has shown that the river is at risk of overflowing.
The DENR chief informed that the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) has already completed the geohazard assessment and mapping throughout the country, and has distributed geohazard maps with a scale of 1:50,000 to all local government units.
Source: Manila Bulletine