The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region IV – CALABARZON conducted the Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Campaign on understanding Risk Exposure Maps as a part of Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) in the municipalities of Macalelon and General Luna in Quezon province last March 26 and 27, 2019, respectively.

The purpose of conducting these campaigns are to provide further technical information to local government unit for managing mitigation and reduction of potential losses and damages from the hazards, specifically rain-induced landslides and flooding; determine the areas at risk and levels of risk to hazards; and make the public aware, especially those residing in areas vulnerable to such hazards.

The Geosciences Division (GSD) successfully organized the lecture targeting the key local government officials and offices such as Mayor or Vice Mayor, Municipal Councilors, Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Planning and Development Officer, Sangguniang Barangay representatives, and Gender and Development focal point person or women group representatives in these municipalities.

The team assigned in the campaigns for both municipalities were headed and supervised by Mr. Romali S. Umali, Supervising Geologist. Ms. Ma. Patricia Bernadette A. Soliman and Mr. Michael Angelo M. Escober, Geologists, discussed the details regarding the geohazard map and geohazard assessment activities and previous IEC campaigns conducted. Mr. Umali presented the latter half of the presentations regarding the technical details comprised of methods applied, data required and their source/s, results of the assessment, scope and limitations which are reliant to availability and accuracy of data in both campaigns. Throughout the discussion, the worthiest of attention are the explanation, importance, usages of, and how to understand the Risk Exposure Maps that were also discussed by Mr. Umali. Furthermore, he also led the open forums wherein concerns, questions, and suggestions were accommodated.

In the course of the open forums, the audience is appreciably intrigued when it comes to areas with high susceptibility ratings to rain-induced landslide and flooding. There was also a question raised and sought for an explanation about the occurrence of flooding in some specific area in which, in fact, natural drainage may be interrupted by man-made developments. Mostly, they are also concerned with the discrepancies in certain data, particularly in local boundaries and population data. After concluding the program, Risk Exposure Maps, posters, pamphlets, and CDs were provided.

 

Mr. Romali S. Umali, Chief Geologist, discussing how to
understand Risk Exposure Maps in municipalities of
Macalelon (top) and General Luna (bottom).

by: Michael Angelo M. Escober              |    2 April 2019