Funds and manpower constraints hinder hazard mapping
Iloilo City (29 October) -- The Mines and Geosciences Bureau 6 needs more manpower and funds to hasten completion of the Rapid Geohazard Mapping which the office undertakes to aid Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR).
"The MGB does some manpower pooling with central office because there are only two Geologists here. We have so far 56 percent completion of the work but we could have done more with more people and funds," MGB chief Leo Van Juguan said.
Juguan said the work is very time consuming and needs keen assessment of the susceptibility of the areas.
They completed geohazard mapping for the provinces of Antique and Capiz and 70 percent for Iloilo, while they have not yet started with Guimaras.
A total of 2,636 barangays, out of 4125 have been assessed in the region, comprising of 75 municipalities and cities out of 133.
The geologists interview residents regarding past occurrences of calamities or climate disturbances and changes in the areas and perform observation activities on rocks, soil and document other geographic characteristics on the localities.
Upon completion, they issue advisory to the LGUs identifying the hazards and their extent of susceptibility to landsides and flood and what the LGUs should do.
Juguan said they will be issuing advisories and the results of the mapping once completed to the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council, the local DCCs and other stakeholders for them to be aware and include the data in their Disaster Risk Reduction plans.
The MGB chief said that with the enactment of the Climate Change Act of 2009, their work becomes more urgent and they hope for additional resources to effectively complete the hazard mapping in the region.
MGB still targets to go full swing with the remaining provinces of Negros, where they have assessed only one municipality so far, then Aklan and Guimaras. (PIA6/ESS) [top]