The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) reiterates its call to local government units through their disaster and risk reduction team to implement preemptive evacuation as the weather bureau forecasts more rain this week.
“The effects of landslide and flooding on people and structures can be minimized by total avoidance of landslide and flood hazard areas or by imposing conditions in areas that were already identified as landslide-prone,” said MGB-7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo.
He added that local governments units can reduce geohazard effects through land-use policies and regulations and by helping the bureau continue its education and information campaign to the residents on the past hazard history of a specific site.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa) has forecasted moderate to occasional heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashflood and landslides.
MGB-7 has identified 41 barangays in Cebu City that are susceptible to flooding and 63 barangays, mostly hinterland villages that are vulnerable to landslide. In barangay Sirao, 13 sites are identified as susceptible to rain-induced landslide including portion in Kamandagan, Kambyo-os, Langub, Proper, and Tawagan II.
Mandaue City has 28 barangays that are vulnerable to flooding and five barangays whose areas may have a possibility of a landslide.
There are also 16 low-lying barangays in Lapu-Lapu, 10 barangays in Consolacion, 17 in Talisay and 16 in Minglanilla that may experience flooding based on its geological location and flood history.
Landslide and flooding are closely related because both are mostly induced by rain. Slope saturation by water is a primary cause of landslides. This effect can occur during an intense rainfall.
“We advise that the residents in hazardous areas would coordinate with their local officials if they would be asked to temporarily or permanently evacuate especially during a long period of rain to avoid casualties and damage to properties,” Alburo said.
The local officials are also advised to check the 1:10,000 geohazard maps provided. The public can also check their locality’s vulnerability, up to sitio level, by checking the map online posted in gdis.denr.gov.ph/mgbgoogle.
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau has identified 789 barangays in Central Visayas that are highly susceptible to landslide and flooding brought by latest weather disturbance.
MGB-7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo urged the local government units to implement preemptive evacuation in areas that are critical to these geological hazards.
Among the towns identified as critical include Alicia, Anda, Batuan, Bien Unido, Bilar, Buenavista, Calape, Candijay, Carmen, Catigbian, Dagohoy, Danao, Dimiao, Duero, Garcia Hernandez, Guindulman, Inabanga, Jagna, Loon, Mabini, Pilar, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia
Sagbayan, San Isidro, San Miguel, Sierra Bullones, Talibon, Trinidad, Ubay, and Valencia in Bohol; Alcantara, Alegria, Aloguinsan, Argao, Asturias, Badian, Balamban, Barili, Bogo City, Boljoon, Carcar, Carmen, Cebu City, Compostela, Consolacion, Daanbantayan, Dalaguete, Danao City, Dumanjug, Ginatilan, Liloan, Malabuyoc, Mandaue City, Medellin, Moalboal, Oslob, Pinamungahan, Poro, Ronda, Samboan, San Francisco, Sibonga, Sogod, Tabuelan, Toledo City, Tuburan, and Tudela in Cebu; and Amlan, Ayungon, , Bacong, Bais City, Basay, Bayawan City, Bindoy, Dauin, Dumaguete City, Guihulngan City, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Pamplona, San Jose, Santa Catalina, Siaton, Sibulan, Tanjay City, Tayasan, Valencia, and Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental.
Chief Geologist Al Emil Berador asked the public to continuously monitor the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa). Another weak low pressure area (LPA) was spotted in Mindanao. On Wednesday, the weather bureau will know whether it would develop into a tropical depression to be named, “Besing”.
Although tropical depression Auring has weakened into an LPA, it will continue to bring rains in the Visayas area. Berador warned that continuous downpour will trigger possible landslide and flooding in low-lying areas.
There are factors that contribute to flooding which include proximity to perennial river creek system, poor drainage facility, inherently low-lying area, proximity to coastal area, heavily silted river or creek, and encroachment along natural drainage channels.
Preemptive evacuation is highly encouraged to save lives and properties. Alburo reiterates the call for local disaster risk reduction units in every barangays to help in the evacuation and be guided by the 1:10,000 geohazard maps provided by the bureau.
There are 41 barangays susceptible to flooding and 22 barangays that are prone to landslide in Cebu City; 28 barangays are critical to flooding and five villages prone to landslides in Mandaue City.
Toledo City, the hardest hit among the localities in Cebu by tropical depression Auring have nine barangays that are prone to flooding and 17 barangays that are critical to landslide.
Low-lying villages and those living in areas declared as hazard-prone in Cebu and Bohol are advised to take precautionary measures as moderate to occasional heavy rains are expected in the next few hours.
The Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has lifted the tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 over Bohol, Siquijor, Negros provinces, Cebu and other areas in the Visayas in their 11 a.m. weather bulletin. The tropical depression has weakened into a low pressure area.
While Pagasa said the winds brought by the low pressure area may not be destructive, they warned of the possible effects of rainfall. Moderate to occasional heavy rain is expected in the southern towns of Cebu including Toledo City, Pinamungahan, Aloguinsan, Barili, Dumanjug, Ronda and Alcantara.
Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Central Visayas (MGB-7) Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo urge the local disaster and risk reduction management units to undertake preemptive evacuation efforts in geologically hazardous areas. There are over 502 sitios in Cebu that were rated as "high" and "critical" areas for rain-induced landslide and flooding based on the 1:10,000 geohazard map.
The regional office has furnished the local government units in Central Visayas copies of the geohazard maps and conducted workshops to identify safe relocation sites.
10 CV mining operators recognized in the 63rd Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference
Mining companies in Central Visayas received 10 awards in the recent Presidential Mine Safety and Environment Conference as conferred by the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association (PMSEA).
PMSEA President Louie Sarmiento awarded the plaques to the mining companies who have excelled and went beyond just compliance in safety and environmental protection.
Apo Cement Corporation whose operation is in Naga City, Cebu received a Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (Platinum) for Mineral Processing.
Solid Earth Development Corporation is also recognized as the safest Non-Metallic Mining Operation in the country.
Apo Cement Corporation is awarded as the over-all winner for the Safest Mines Award in the Cement Plant category; second place is Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc.
The winner for the safest mine in the Crushing Category is the Bohol plant of the Philippine Mining Service Corporation.
On the search for the Best Mining Forest, Carmen Copper Corporation – Toledo Copper Mine Project won 2nd runner-up in the Metallic category; and Solid Earth Development Corporation, 3rd runner-up in the Non-Metallic Category. They stayed true to their commitment for progressive site rehabilitation thus they were bestowed the Best Mining Forest awards. Philippine Mining Service Corporation in Alcoy, south of Cebu is the 1st runner-up for Best Mining Forest Awards in the Mineral Processing Plant category; 2nd runner-up for the same category is the Apo Cement Corp.
The awarding ceremony was held at the CAP John Hay Trade and Convention Center in Baguio City last November 18, 2016.
“The awards garnered by Region 7 is a reflection of an effective partnership of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau and the operating mining companies in the implementation of programs on mine safety, environmental management and social development,” said MGB-7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo.
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