Mines bureau seeks completion of info campaign on geohazards

THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-Mines Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is poised to finish its information drive on the relevance of geohazard maps.

DENR–MGB Cordillera Director Faye Apil said the information education campaign (IEC) will be done by the end of the year.

The IEC aims to reach the six provinces of the Cordillera region to discuss the importance of geohazard maps.

“We go down to the barangay level and talk to barangay captains and explain to them the importance of the maps and how to use them,” Apil said.

The MGB has given over 50 maps to the 77 municipalities and cities in the region.

Barlig, Natonin and Paracelis towns in Mountain Province, Ifugao and Benguet are done, to be followed by Abra and Apayao later this month.

In 2010, the MGB identified 10 provinces that are prone to landslides. They are Benguet, Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga-Apayao, Southern Leyte, Abra, Marinduque, Cebu, Catanduanes and Ifugao.

A P60-million budget was allotted for geo-hazard mapping study to ensure its completion by 2011, however, the project remains incomplete.

The project was started last 2006. It aims to classify and identify areas that are prone to earthquakes, landslide and other disasters for the creation of a geohazard map of disaster risk areas.
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