THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has called on local government officials to make the metropolis better prepared for disasters.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said now that local officials have already acquired the multi-hazard and risk maps, they can use them in crafting of new policies for disaster preparedness and mitigation.
He said the maps are crucial in the planning, preparation and assessment of useful disaster risk reduction and management programs in Metro Manila.
“For the purposes of planning, the multi-hazard and risk maps can help upgrade the local government’s land use plan. Existing policies right now can be reviewed,” said Tolentino.
However, Tolentino said to achieve the government’s goal to be disaster resilient, “it requires collaborative and unwavering commitment of all the agencies.
“I encourage the Metro Manila Council, to use these maps in formulating disaster management plans and initiatives,” he said.
In recognition to the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Australian and Philippine government launched and turned over last week to the 17 LGUs in Metro Manila multi-hazard and risk maps.
These maps contain vital information in determining people, assets, activities that will likely be affected when a disaster strikes.
The risk maps are visual presentations that enable the users to have a clear picture of an area’s risk to natural disasters.
They help determine the increasing risks for various earthquake, tropical cyclone and flood scenarios. RITCHIE A. HORARIO