Use flooding, landslide data, Bohol LGUs told

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TAGBILARAN CITY: Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto has ordered local governments “to review the data and information provided by Mines and Geosciences Bureau about flood and landslide prone areas,” Liza Quirog, head of social economic environmental management (SEEM) cluster, said.

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Chatto said earlier that the province was placed under a state of calamity in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Seniang that flooded some areas and left extensive infrastructure and agricultural damage.

The governor is also pushing for the “strict implementation of no-build zones to prevent future casualties” when another typhoon or earthquake strikes, Quirog said.

“In 2015 we have to be more proactive in preparedness and this will be mobilized in the municipal LGUs (local government units) up to the Purok level,” Quirog quoted Chatto as saying during the weekly press conference at the governor’s mansion on Saturday.

Chatto asked DENR Region 7 “to impose stricter guidelines when giving permits to applicants for the cutting of trees and other resource utilization to ensure that Bohol island’s ecology is maintained and safeguarded from the harsh impacts of calamities like typhoon, flooding, landslides earthquakes and similar incidents,” she said.

Bohol Environment Management Office (BEMO) of provincial government through officer-in-charge Samuel V. Racho had alerted areas in the province that are vulnerable to flooding and landslides to the impact of torrential rains.

Barangay Sawang Poblacion in Loboc town is rated “very high” in flood threat advisory issued by the Geohazard Mapping and Assessment teams of the Mines and Geo-sciences Bureau (MGB) 7 that made a flood and landslide assessment in the province.

Barangay Bonbon and Poblacion Norte Clarin town are the only areas having a “high” in coastal flooding vulnerability, MGB said.

Under the “High” rating of flooding susceptibility include the following barangays: Agape, Alegria, Camayaan, Canlasid, Gotozon, Jimilian, Oy, Poblacion Ondol, Ugpong, Bonbon Upper, Villaflor, all in Loboc town; Tubuan (with its newly formed lake after the earthquake), Loon; Guiwanon, Tubigon; Bayongan, Bugang, Kabungahan, San Isidro, all in San Miguel, Bohol.

Barangays Bagumbayan, Bahian, Cabadiangan,Calunasan Norte, Candabong, Quinoguitan and Tigbao, all in Loboc are considered “moderate” in flooding occurrence.

Considered “low” in flooding are barangays Cabug, Tiwi, Tubodaku, Pondol, Katipunan and Catam-is, all in Loon town.

Highly susceptible to landslides are Barangays Anonang, Inabanga; Ilaud, Bago and Cantones, Buenavista; Camias, Sampoangon, Calape; Esperanza, Carmen; San Miguel, Danao; Pangian, Pasong, Cagwang and Malbog, Garcia-Hernandez.

In Loboc, areas considered as high vulnerable to landslides are barangays Candaseg, Candabong, Bagumbayan, Bahian, Buenavista, Cambanse, Candasid, Gon-ob, Jimilian, Gotozon, Poblacion Ubos, Ugpong, Valladolid, and Villaflor.

Other are barangays Tiwi, Katipunan, Catam-is, Tubuan, Bugho and Pondol, Loon; Boctol Mayana, and Bangwalog, Jagna; Ilaud, Pilar; Bagacay, Sierra-Bullones; Adlawan, Montevideo, Nueva Vida Este, Alegria, Buenavista and Monte Hermoso, Carmen; Candabong, Linawan and Badiang, Anda; Cabantian and Basdio, Guindulman; Gambane, Candijay; Angilan, Ilaud and Lundag, Duero; and Cagongcagong, Alicia.

Barangay Bonbon and Poblacion Norte Clarin town are the only areas having a “high” in coastal flooding vulnerability, MGB said.

Moderately prone to landslides are barangays Magkayo, Inabanga; Nueva Montana, Nueva Granada, Buenavista; Magsaysay, Talibon; Canguha and Candungao, Calape; Abehilan, Baryong Daan, Masong, San Isidro; Villaflor, Nueva Fuerza, Carmen; Hibale, Cabatuan, Carbon, Cantubod and Caluasan, Danao; Hambawan, Lila; Kabankayan and Ginopulan, Dimiao; barangays Cupa, Basiao, SAcaon, Candulao, Antipolo, Abijilan, Tabuan, Togbongon, Catmon, Candanas and Estaca, Garcia-Hernandez; and barangays Payahan, Dasitam, Tanday, Don San Juan Buenavista, all in Baclayon.

Barangays Oy, Bugho, Alegria, Cabadiangan, Calunasan, Camayaan, Pob Ondol, Sawang, Quinoguitan, Taytay, Tigbao and Bagumbayan, all in Loboc; Calvario, Tayong Oriental and La Fortuna, Loay; San Isidro, Pagnitoan and Jandig, Punta Cruz, Maribojoc; Cabug, Tubodacu, Moto Norte and Moalong, Loon; Balili, Boyog, Tuobd Monte and Odiong, Jagna; Cansungay Inaghuban and La Suerte, Pilar; barangay La Salvacion, Carmen; Caluasan and Isidro, San Miguel; Talisay, Katipunan and Buenasuerte, Anda; Tabunok, Lundag, Mayuga and Biabas, Guindulman; Del Monte and Untaga, Alicia; and Canawa and Tubod, Candijay.

MGB had provided Bohol with post-earthquake recommendations in building structures. The recommendatons include site response test before and during construction; inspection if there’s no cavity or caves beneath the site by using the Ground Penetrating Radar; and follow the Building Code.

PNA

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