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DENR-MGB alerts LGUs and communities on disaster

By PURIFICACION S. DALOOS
November 3, 2009

TACLOBAN CITY  –  In the heels of the recent environmental disasters which resulted in the loss of lives and properties in various parts of the country, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources under the leadership of Secretary Jose L. Atienza ordered its regional offices to coordinate with the local disaster coordinating centers nationwide and help in the preparation and implementation of disaster management plans in their respective areas of responsibilities.

In Region 8, Mines and Geosciences Regional Director Danilo Uykieng said that they are almost complete in the geohazard assessments in most of the municipalities in the region.  RD Uykieng said they are conducting on going assessment in Samar province specifically, in the City of Calbayog and municipalities of Gandara and San Jorge.

RD Uykieng further disclosed that the results of the geohazard assessment were forwarded to the concerned local government units and the regional, different provincial, municipality and barangay development coordinating councils.

The LGUs and the disaster coordinating councils help the DENR in disseminating the result of the geohazard assessment to targeted communities.  The PDCCs and THE MDCCs conduct training on what to do during and after occurrence of disasters even in the barangay level.

DENR Regional Executive Director Regidor M. De Leon disclosed that the DENR is concerned on the provision of information to the LGUs and the RDCC, PDCC, MDCC and BDCC on the specific barangay which has high, low or medium susceptibility to flooding, landslides and other forms of geologic hazards.  The LGUs and the Disaster Coordinating Councils are the ones in charge of mobilizing and giving advisories to the communities on what to do in times of calamities.

Region 8 has a total of 4,390 barangays.  Of these total, 442 are located in high risk, 763 in medium risk, and 754 in low risk areas to landslide.  The MGB is currently doing map interpretation process of the Flood Hazard Maps to categorize barangays into low risk, medium risk, and high risk flood prone areas.