DENR Bicol advises local governments to use geohazard maps

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol is calling on all local government units (LGUs) in the region to revisit the geohazard maps distributed by the national government and use them as guide for disaster preparedness.

DENR Bicol Regional Director Gilbert Gonzales said this is consistent with an earlier pronouncement of Environment Sec. Ramon Paje that the LGUs should take a look at the geohazard maps prepared by the DENR’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and take note of areas declared as highly susceptible for flooding and landslide, especially now that the rainy season has begun.

Dir. Gonzales pointed out that pro-active stance in the midst of impending disasters is imperative to enable the communities to act swiftly and thus avert the possible destruction that it can cause on lives and properties.

Earlier, Sec. Paje said the LGUs can use the maps as guide for strategic decisions such as those on land zoning and in determining sites for relocation and communities during natural disasters

The MGB has already completed and distributed some 85,000 copies of geohazard maps showing landslide and flood-prone areas on a scale of 1:50,000 to LGUs nationwide.

A more detailed mapping of cities and municipalities, at a scale of 1:10,000, is to be completed within the year, while the three-dimensional (3D) version is also already in the pipeline.

Meanwhile, according to the data of MGB V, in Bicol Region there are 96 municipalities that are susceptible to flooding and 114 municipalities are also susceptible to landslide.

Press Release: July 7, 2014