By YLAH JANNIE CACHO          MARCH 3, 2016


Photo shows an ongoing construction of the new building of Huyon-uyon High School in Brgy. Huyon-uyon, San Francisco, Quezon. The building is just beside an almost vertical wall of friable limestone, which is highly susceptible to mass wasting.

A series of Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) was conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. IV-A (MGB IV-A) in the municipalities of San Francisco and Mulanay of Quezon province.  Eight (8) MGB IV-A personnel conducted the assessment from February 1-12 and 17-25.

Each barangay in the said municipalities were visited and assessed for susceptibility to geohazards, specifically landslide and flooding. Data of elements at risk such as the number of households, population, buildings, access roads, and infrastructures in each sitios per barangay were also collected.

Schools are one of the elements at risk that are being assessed during VRAs. In San Francisco and Mulanay, it was confirmed that several elementary and high schools are built in areas that have high landslide susceptibility. Some of these schools in the Municipality of San Francisco include the Huyon-uyon High School and Sto. Niño High School, in which the lack of landslide mitigation processes make them highly vulnerable to landslide.


The photo shows the back of the building of Magsaysay Elementary School in Brgy. Magsaysay, Mulanay, Quezon. The one-storey building is beside a steep slope of friable claystone, siltstone and very fine sandstone

Officials of the said schools were warned about the risks and advised to cooperate with their Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) officers for proper mitigation techniques that can be done in the area.

Moreover, to inform and alert the officials regarding the the result of these assessments, Landslide or Flooding Threat Advisories with recommendations were issued to the barangay captains of the concerned barangays. The results of these assessments were also discussed to the municipality and barangay representatives during the Geohazard Information and Education Campaign held in Mulanay, Quezon on March 1-4.


The photo shows one of the detailed landslide hazard maps of Mines and Geosciences Bureau. It shows that several schools such as the Magsaysay Elementary School, Magsaysay National Highschool, Ilayang Magsaysay Day Care Center, and Ibabang Magsaysay Day Care Center are all located in areas with high landslide susceptibility.