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Philippines to conduct geohazard mapping of eight more regions

Philippines: The Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is set to expand by next year its continuing detailed geohazard mapping programme to eight more municipalities in Region 12 or the Soccsksargen Region.

Constancio Paye Jr., MGB-Region 12 director, said the upcoming detailed geohazard mapping, which is set at 1:10,000 scale, is part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to enhance the region’s preparedness and implementation of various mitigation measures against possible disasters that may occur in the area.

He said the mapping will cover the municipalities of Magpet, President Roxas and Alamada in North Cotabato; Polomolok, Sto. Nino and Surallah in South Cotabato; and, Isulan and Lambayong in Sultan Kudarat.

Aside from the detailed geohazard mapping, Paye said MGB-12 will also conduct a groundwater assessment in the municipalities of Polomolok, Sto. Nino, Surallah and Banga towns in South Cotabato.

The official said the agency has so far completed the initial assessments and surveys for the detailed geohazard mapping of the eight municipalities.

He said the initiative aims to produce geohazard maps at more detailed or condensed scale covering their disaster-prone areas.

Two years ago, the MGB-12 completed the region’s initial geohazard mapping program at a scale of 1:50,000.

“We will be taking a closer look on these areas so we can have a clearer view or assessment of their vulnerabilities,” he said.

Source: Minda News