Catbalogan City piloted for vulnerability and risk assessment program

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region VIII (MGB R8) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) conducted today, September 25, 2018 at Casa Cristina Hotel its “Training-Workshop on Understanding Risk Exposure Maps” among concerned city departments and government agencies as part of their information, education and communication (IEC) campaign.

It was revealed that Catbalogan City for Samar island and Ormoc City for Leyte Island were chosen as the pilot areas for its Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) program, which is a DENR program geared towards developing vulnerability and risk maps of cities and municipalities nationwide as a tool for a more effective physical and land use planning and disaster risk management.

The VRA is primarily aimed at identifying high risk areas within cities and municipalities in terms of elements at risk such as population, roads and infrastructure utilizing existing Geohazard Maps of the municipalities and cities.

“Results of this activity will be of critical importance in the planning pre and post disaster interventions”, shares Geologist, Mr. Rodrigo Jay Miralles of MGB RO8.

Catbalogan City Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Officer, Mr. Eliot Lopez, Jr. on behalf of the city government received the different maps provided by MGB, which he said will be “very useful in the operation of CDRRMO because of its updated and detailed maps”.

City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan welcomes this support to the initiatives of the city government in providing Catbaloganons a safe and secure community and constituency.

(Photos and Article by Ador Hurtado)

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