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The Philippines Government Prioritizes 19 Municipalities For Geohazard Mapping
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2014/jun/10/philippines-government-prioritises-19-municipaliti/
Source Date: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Focus: Citizen Engagement, Internet Governance
Country: Philippines
Created: Jun 10, 2014

The Mines and GeoSciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Philippine Iloilo City, with a population of over 420,000 residents, expects to complete the geohazard assessment and mapping of the 19 priority local government units (LGUs) in the region before the month of June ends.

Leo Van Juguan, the Director of MGB in Iloilo City said that they have recently received a directive from higher management to finish the detailed geohazard mapping of the 19 municipalities in the region.

These areas fall within the 50 kilometre radius of the super typhoon’s path and are identified as priority areas for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

Out of the 19 target municipalities in the region, Van Juguan said they have already completed the assessment and mapping of the four municipalities that include Estancia, Carles, Concepcion, all in Iloilo Province; and Sapian in Capiz.

He said they are expecting the arrival of teams coming from their central office and other regional offices to assist them in the job to be able to meet the target date.

Two teams from the MGB Central Office were assigned to do the assessment and mapping in the municipalities of Pilar and President Roxas in Capiz; and Lemery and San Enrique in Iloilo.

Van Juguan pointed out the significance of the geohazard assessment and mapping to LGUs considered as front liners for disaster management and risk reduction. He said LGUs should know which areas in their locality are highly vulnerable to geohazards such as rain-induced landslides and flooding amidst the challenges of climate change.

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