THE Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) is set to conduct tagging to identify the residents staying in hazardous areas.

CDRRMO Chief Elmeir Jade Apolinario said that through the tagging, they will immediately have an idea how many residents are affected once a disaster hits a particular area.

Apolinario said they thought of the idea since it has been observed that there are people taking advantage of the government assistance by pretending to be calamity victims.

“There are many people taking advantage of the government assistance although they are not among the victims since at present, we undertake tagging after the occurrence of calamity,” Apolinario said.

He said the tagging will be undertaken by his office in partnership with the other concerned agencies and the academe utilizing the Light Detector and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.

LiDAR involves the recording of laser pulses emitted across the earth's surface.

These recordings are then analyzed and interpreted to generate detailed, high-resolution 3D maps used in flood and hazard simulations.

Apolinario said they will have a complete database through the conduct of the tagging.