Philippines to conduct detailed geo-hazard mapping in 19 towns

Philippines to conduct detailed geo-hazard mapping in 19 towns

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Philippines: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of General Santos city is targeting to cover 19 municipalities in the region for its ongoing detailed geo-hazard mapping programme. “The initial preparations and surveys are presently ongoing in the 19 municipalities that were identified for the mapping programme, which is set at 1:10,000 scale. The targeted municipalities are located in parts of Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato provinces,” said Constancio Paye Jr., MGB director.

The agency has already completed and issued the detailed geo-hazard maps of 31 municipalities and cities in the region. “With the mapping of the 19 municipalities this year, we will be completing the programme’s implementation in all 50 localities in the region. The detailed geo-hazard maps will mainly serve as tools for local government units (LGU) to formulate their disaster management plans. The maps mainly identify the areas within a municipality or city that are highly prone to landslides and severe flooding. Through them, our LGUs will be able to set early their contingencies and strategies in addressing potential disasters in their areas,” said Paye.

Source: Minda news