MGB steps up awareness drive on geohazards

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GENERAL SANTOS CITY: The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) in Region 12 has stepped up its awareness campaign on various geohazards as it moves to prevent the occurrence of possible major disasters in the area.

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Constancio Paye Jr., MGB Region 12 director, said on Monday that they have been conducting information and education activities in barangays that are considered highly prone to landslides and severe flooding.

He said the initiative involves lectures on geohazards and other related topics spearheaded by technical personnel of the agency’s geology division.

“We’re mainly emphasizing the importance of the geohazard maps to our local leaders to enhance their capabilities in preventing potential disasters,” he said in a statement.

He said they started the initiative last month in 89 priority barangays in South Cotabato province.

These barangays are located in Koronadal City and in the municipalities of Banga, Surallah, Tantangan, Norala, Sto.Niño, Tupi and Polomolok.

The MGB Region 12 office had completed the distribution of detailed geohazard maps to the region’s provinces, cities and municipalities.

The agency is currently distributing copies of the maps to all barangays within the region, which comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato.

Based on the mapping, MGB-12 identified at least 340 villages in the region as prone to severe flooding during the rainy season.

It said 179 villages in North Cotabato and Cotabato City, 72 in Sultan Kudarat, 69 in South Cotabato and 20 in Sarangani are considered as flood-prone and “inhabitable during flooding.”

PNA

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