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DENR-7 continues geohazard assessment of 27 towns in Cebu, Siquijor

Cebu City (23 June) -- About 27 towns in Cebu and the province of Siquijor are the remaining areas needed to be covered for the continuing assessment of the Geohazard Mapping Program (GMP) in Central Visayas by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-7).

DENR-7 Regional Executive Director of the Mines and GeoSciences Bureau (MGB) Roger de Dios bared they have completed the conduct of geohazard assessment of Bohol and Negros Oriental while they are continuing their geological hazards evaluation in some parts of Cebu and Siquijor.

De Dios said the DENR is tasked to finish the GMP in the country by June this year but that this is not feasible as their agency is encountering problems relative to the safety of their people in Mindanao due to the presence of Abu Sayyaf.

DENR-7 Chief Geologist Al Emil Berador said the GMP in Central Visayas will be completed at the latest by early next year.

The objectives of the geohazard mapping include identification of various geologic features, identification of hazards associated to these geologic features, identification of settlement sites, properties and infrastructures to be affected, generation of geohazard maps and reports incorporating said information, information on the vulnerability of certain areas to various types of geologic and natural hazards.

After the massive landslide that hit the village of Guinsaugon in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte in February 2006, the DENR was mandated to conduct a nationwide GMP to ensure that such a tragedy would be prevented in the future.

As the rainy season has set in, DEN R-7 officials issued a warning to residents especially those living in valleys and mountainsides to always remain vigilant in cases of landslides.

"Steady rains that persist for several days is more dangerous as this can be a cause for rain-induced landslides to occur compared to heavy but short rains that only causes soil erosion," De Dios said.

De Dios cautioned residents in areas that have a history of landslides to always be prepared for any eventuality of landslides especially this rainy period as it is better to be proactive than be reactive.

The GMP also serves as a guide for local government units for their disaster preparedness programs and plans as well as management and mitigation, this is said. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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