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Philippines: Mapping Project to Help Reconstruct Typhoon-Hit Areas
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia
Source Date: Thursday, November 28, 2013
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Philippines
Created: Dec 03, 2013

As part of the National Government’s efforts to rebuild the localities hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is sending a team of licensed geologists to Tacloban in order to identify areas unsafe to build relocation sites.


Super Typhoon Haiyan, or locally known as Yolanda, struck the Philippines on 8 November 2013. It has been called the most powerful storm to make landfall in recorded history. The worst hit provinces were Leyte, the capital city of Tacloban, and Eastern Samar, with a combined population of 2.3 million, and which experienced sustained winds of 270 kph, gusts of up to 312 kph, and a storm surge as high as 7 meters or 21 feet.


According to MGB Director Leo Jasareno, the team will identify areas that are vulnerable to geological hazards such as floods, landslides and storm surges and come up with recommendations to determine relocation sites for many displaced residents.


Furthermore, through this project, MGB can highlight areas classified as “no-build zones” or “unfit for dwelling” and work together with concerned Local Government Units to prevent loss of lives and significant damages to properties during natural calamities.


“We hope to release the result of the mapping project in two weeks, depending on the situation and accessibility of the areas,” he said.


Meanwhile, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje encouraged homeowners and prospective buyers of property housing to use DENR’s geohazard map to make sure their homes or the properties their intending to buy are not prone to landslides or floods.


The geohazard map is part of the Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Programme, an on-going priority programme of the DENR. Its main objective is to identify areas in the country which are susceptible or vulnerable to various geologic hazards. It also seeks to provide information to various stakeholders in order to lessen or mitigate the impact of these events.
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