Geohazard maps needed in dev't planning: MGB-A A +A
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Davao region encouraged the local government units (LGUs) to make use of the geohazard maps when crafting measures for land developments.
Speaking in Wednesday's I-Talks at Seda Hotel, MGB regional geologist Allen June Buenavista said it is important for LGUs, especially when making a comprehensive land use plan (Clup), to identify areas that are prone to landslide and flooding.
"They should also identify geohazard zones and create ordinances stating the dangers of these areas so that there will be less or no buildings that will be built in these areas," he said.
He said that they are constantly coordinating and reminding LGUs which areas have been identified as not ideal for developments based on the geohazard mapping.
"Through these ordinances, LGUs are able to prevent dire consequences of geohazards like earthquakes," he said.
Buenavista said that they are currently conducting a national geohazard mapping and it is more concentrated on landslide prone areas.
Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) regional director Loreto Rirao said the public should not only rely on the government's mitigation and prevention efforts but also make themselves aware and get educated on the dangers of geohazards and natural disasters.
"We are currently strengthening our advocacy and awareness campaigns to educate the public on natural disasters. With a higher level of awareness, we are able to prevent deaths and further damage," said Rirao.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Mindanao Cluster officer-in-charge Janila De Ocampo said the strongest quake that struck Davao Region was an 8.3 magnitude off the coast of Davao Gulf.
She said that there is a possibility that this may hit the region again.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 31, 2013.