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MGB boosts hazard mapping in Central Luzon

Jul 28, 2021 @ 13:27
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MGB boosts hazard mapping in Central Luzon

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is taking steps to improve its hazard mapping of Central Luzon to help policy-makers and disaster management officials mitigate risks in the region.

The MGB said it was strengthening its National Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program (NGAMP) to identify geologic hazards in Region 3 and to help protect communities from calamities.

According to MGB regional director Alilo Ensomo Jr., the NGAMP is part of the country’s disaster risk reduction and management program and centers on rain-induced landslides, floods, flashfloods, ground subsidence or sinking, and other forms of slope instabilities that are not directly induced by earthquakes or volcanic activities.

“In Central Luzon, MGB was able to complete its 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps in 2014, and has been conducting vulnerability and risk assessment and updating of geohazard maps to identify potential areas which may be prone to natural disasters,” he said in a Philippine Information Agency report.

The agency also conducted coastal geohazard mapping in the eastern and western seaboards of the region and completed the assessment of 39 coastal municipalities in 2018, the report said.

The MGB also undertook a detailed assessment of highly vulnerable coastal barangays in Botolan and San Narciso towns in Zambales, according to the PIA.

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