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RDC 8 endorses rapid geohazard assessment of Samar, North Samar

Tacloban City (September 2) -- The Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas, during its August 24 meeting, favorably endorsed the proposed Rapid Geological Hazards Assessment of Samar and Northern Samar for ODA funding.

The project which is being proposed by the Mines and Geoscience Bureau, aims to generate information on the susceptibility to geohazards of every barangay in the provinces of Samar and Northern Samar and make information available to concerned local government units and agencies responsible for land use planning and development, disaster management and mitigation.

It would be recalled that in February 2007, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau presented to RDC 8 the results of the Rapid Geohazards Assessment of Leyte, Southern Leyte and Biliran.

These are the offshoots of the Guinsaugon landslide where President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo directed the MGB to immediately conduct Rapid Geohazards Assessment in Leyte and Biliran islands and to issue appropriate warnings and recommendations to the local government units. High priority was placed on these provinces because of the occurrences of landslides in these areas.

The same assessment was also conducted in Eastern Samar after completing the first batch in Leyte and Biliran islands.

The Regional Development Council then recommended that rapid geohazard assessment also be conducted in the provinces of Samar and Northern Samar being the only two provinces not being assessed and also because of the region's location and tectonic setting.

The objectives of the project is to conduct assessment of barangays that are located at the foot of slopes, mid-slopes and mountain ranges and to identify and assess proposed and existing school and housing relocation sites.

The project also hopes to provide the much needed geologic data to development planners and disaster management experts so that consideration of the geologic factors can be made during the critical decision making stage; and to provide the necessary information and training to the concerned local officials and populace so that they can take appropriate actions during geohazards events.

The assessment will cover the 24 municipalities and 2 cities of Samar and 24 municipalities of Northern Samar. (PIA 8) [top]

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