The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) yesterday said that the geohazard map is now ready for distribution. The map pin points areas vulnerable to landslides, earthquakes and flash floods.
The map covers 1,634 cities/municipalities in the entire country under the National Geohazard Assessment Program.
The 1:10,000 scale geohazard map was started in 2011. Included in the map are the 171 cities/municipalities that were affected by Typhoon Yolanda and the 17 cities and municipalities affected by the Bohol earthquake.
“The geohazard maps are now being finalized and printed ready for distribution to the local government units,” MGB Director Leo Jasareno said.
The MGB recently put appropriate signs in areas with very high landslide susceptibility along sections of the Antipolo-Teresa National Highway in Barangays Dalig and San Jose, Antipolo City.
The activity was undertaken in connection with the MGB – Enhancing Greater Metro Manila’s Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster / Climate Risk Management Towards Sustainable Development (MGB- GMMA READY) Project.
Aimed at increasing the public’s awareness in mitigating impacts of geohazards such as rain-induced landslide and flood, the project was undertaken as part of the Information, Education and Communication component of the MGB’s Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program.
Also, as part of its commitment to ensure a responsible minerals industry, the agency has inspected a total of 1,216 mining permits/contracts to determine the compliance with the terms and conditions and implementation of work programs and safety, health, environment, and social development requirements.
Complementing these monitoring by the MGB are the 235 operational multipartite monitoring teams for mining permits/contracts under the production stage, Jasareno said.
For the fight against illegal mining, the MGB said that a total of 86 cease and desist orders were issued/implemented to illegal and erring mining operations. This activity resulted to the filing of 13 complaints/charges in the Provincial or City Prosecutors Office against the concerned entities.
James Konstantin Galvez