Environment department to conduct geohazards assessment

THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is set to conduct coastal geohazards assessment to identify the calamity-prone areas in Zamboanga Peninsula.

MGB Geologist El-Jedidiah Villacampa said the conduct of the coastal geohazards assessment will start next month and end on the last quarter of this year.

Villacampa said they will assess the areas that have coastal erosion or accretion and identify areas prone to storm surge.

An information campaign will follow after the completion of the assessment to instill public awareness on the geological hazards in their respective places, according to Villacampa.

He said the areas that will be included in the coastal geohazards assessment are the cities and towns that were not covered by similar assessment they conducted in 2015.

He said the 2015 geohazards assessment covered several areas in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, specifically Dapitan and Dipolog Cities and the towns of Jose Dalman, Katipunan, Manukan, Roxas and Sindangan. (Bong Garcia)

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