MGB maps out landslide-prone barangays

Posted at Dec 04 2012 12:22 PM | Updated as of Dec 04 2012 08:22 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Mines and Geosciences Bureau on Tuesday said it is now fine-tuning geohazard maps in the country to show which barangays are prone to landslides.

MGB Director Leo Jasareno said the bureau has started a new round of 1:10,000 scale mapping with a target of completing 1,600 municipalities by 2014. Initial geohazard mapping at the 1:50,000 scale was completed in four years, he said.

"We will now be able to identify the barangay. The barangay captain will know if his barangay is inside a landslide prone area," he told ANC.

He said geologists do the mapping by visiting the barangays and checking for tension cracks on the ground. He said the MGB has about 50 geologists.

"If you want to be very accurate to the nearest meter, you have to do it on foot...We have to spread our geologists all over the country," he said.

He said the most landslide prone areas in the country are in the Cordilleras, Southern Leyte and in many provinces in Zamboanga, Davao, Agusan and Compostela Valley.

He said majority of Cagayan de Oro is prone to floods. 

[email protected], December 4, 2012