Philippines about to complete geohazards mapping

Philippines about to complete geohazards mapping


Tuguegarao City, Philippines: The Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 2 (DENR-MGB), Philippines, has completed the geohazards mapping of four of the five municipalities of Region 2 in the Country, Philippine Information Agency reports.

Chit Piligan, MGB Supervising Geologist, explained that geohazards mapping involves both the identification of areas of the country that are prone or susceptible to various geologic hazards, like rain-induced landslides, floods, flash-floods and other natural events.

Piligan said the geohazards maps of the provinces of Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela and Cagayan are now available at their office and copies of which have been given to the concerned local government units (LGUs).

“The geohazards maps of Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya were already turned over to their provincial government for dissemination to the municipalities and barangays,” the supervising geologist added.

Piligan likewise said that they also conducted Information & Education Campaigns in the Department of Education and in some LGUs.

The Geohazards Mapping is an important component of the government’s disaster management and mitigation program in order to reduce the loss of lives and properties brought by natural disasters. It is also important for land use planning (CLUPs), land development and the emerging concern on climate-change adaptation.