Mandaue readies for disaster

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

THE Mandaue City Government will conduct hazard mapping in every barangay to prepare for disasters.

City Planning Officer Florentino Nimor said the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will also separately conduct hazard mapping in the barangays.

In an interview, Nimor said the City already has a hazard map, which was done by the MGB, an attached agency of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.


But having a hazard map for every barangay will also help prepare the residents for disasters, he said.

The city’s hazard map was presented during the three-day workshop on disaster preparedness organized by the City Government and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Mandaue.

“We will conduct consultations with the barangay officials to create the hazard map,” said Nimor.

He said they will start the hazard mapping this week and plans to complete it within a month.

The hazard map will identify the areas in the barangays that are prone to floods, landslides and other disasters.

He said Mandaue’s susceptibilities include floods, fire and earthquake. The City has also identified landslide-prone areas like Barangay Canduman.

The workshop, which ended last Friday, was participated by department heads and representatives of various agencies, such as the Bureau of Fire Protection, the Office of Civil Defense and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.


DILG Mandaue Director Jhoaden Lucero said hazard mapping in barangays is important to prepare all constituents for disasters, as it
will enable them to come up with contingency plans.

“We cannot establish early warning signs if we do not know where the hazards are,” she said.

The City’s local disaster risk reduction and management plan was reviewed and enhanced during the workshop.

She said a plan is required before the City can use its funds for disaster risk reduction and management, which is five percent of the City’s total budget.

Lucero said the highlights of the plan include the activation of the City’s Command Center, the establishment of an Incident Command System and the City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office.

The office is tasked to conduct research and training, keep database, and operate the command center. Lucero said their target is to establish the office by September.

The City has allocated P54 million for prevention, mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation projects this year, Lucero said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 28, 2013.

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