NDRRMC distributes hazard maps to LGUs-A A +A
Friday, October 18, 2013
MANILA -- Two days after the killer earthquake in Central Visayas that left more than 150 persons dead, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) together with the Australian government member agencies gave away hazard maps to local government units (LGUs).
On Thursday, representatives from LGUs in Metro Manila as well as the cities nearby such as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal received a total of of 87 hazard maps.
“The increasing scale and frequency of natural disasters are costing the country million every year,” Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Bill Tweddell said.
“Natural hazards, however, do not have to lead to disasters especially if we are able to carefully assess the risk of an area and properly plan for the long-term. But we can only do that if we have the data,” he added.
A series of training on how to use the maps will be conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) to the local officials, said the Phivolcs chief Renato Solidum Jr. This is to prepare them for the impact of natural risks.
NDRRMC Executive Director Eduardo del Rosario said that local governments should be aware of the risks in their respective communities.
“We may not be able to prevent disasters but we can empower ourselves and our communities to reduce casualties and damage to properties and economic resources,” del Rosario said.
The Australian government aid program with Geoscience Australia, together with a number of government agencies are currently undertaking a three-year collaboartion called "Risk Analysis Project" wherein the hazard maps were part of. (Sunnex)