Geohazard maps now accessible in four websites

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Bicol anounced that geohazard maps are now accessible and downloadable from four government websites, including that of a non-government organization.

The government websites hosting the interactive geohazard maps include that of the DENR (www.denr.gov.ph), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (www.mgb.gov.ph), Philippine Information Agency (www.pia.gov.ph) and that of Environmental Science for Social Change (www.essc.org.ph).

DENR Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada said the move of the department is to broaden public access to the geohazard maps, which has become an important tool in disaster risk reduction and management.

Earlier, Environment Sec. Ramon Paje said that with the identification of the Philippines as among those highly vulnerable to the impact of climate change, Filipinos should brace for typhoons with greater intensity in terms of wind speed and rainfall that could trigger flooding and landslides.

He urged the public to be proactive in taking precautionary measures to minimize, if not prevent, any adverse impact of calamities not only in one’s family and community but on the country as a whole.

Meanwhile, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Bicol has been on continuous campaign to impart to various local governments the geohazard maps and teach them how to use it for disaster risk reduction and management plans.

On the four websites, the DENR through the MGB has provided digital copies in their best resolution of the 700 geohazard maps at a scale 1:50,000, and of the updated ones at scale of 1:10,000 once these become available by 2014.

“LGUs and Bicolanos should make time to visit these websites since the geohazard maps are not only interactive but are also downloadable,” Directoc Fragada said.

Press Release: May 28, 2012