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Philippine government keen on geo-hazard mapping

Philippines: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippines, signed an agreement to conduct a detailed geo-hazard mapping of three key cities in the Bicol Region to reduce the risk of disasters in these areas. The agreement was in the presence of DENR Secretary Horacio Ramos and DSWD Acting Secretary Celia Capadocia-Yangco.

The joint program called “Risk Mapping of Key Urban Centers for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Bicol Region” aims to reduce the risk of disaster by identifying sites in the region that are geologically hazardous.

The project aims to prepare 1:10,000 scale geo-hazard mapping and risk mapping of certain key urban centres in the Bicol Region, particularly Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes. Capability building seminars and workshops for risk-identified communities also would be conducted under this project during June to December 2010.

Source: mb.com.ph