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PDRRM official underscores the importance of using disaster maps

With the onset of rainy season also comes the prevalence of typhoons in the country.

Heavy rains brought by even thunderstorms can trigger landslides and flooding in low-lying areas.

At this time, it is very vital for local government units (LGUs) to know the available data and information about which areas are vulnerable to such occurrence.

Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (PDRRM) Action Officer Anthony Damalerio highlighted this in a Kapihan sa PIA Forum as the country observes the National Disaster Resilience Month this July.

Being an island whose land is made up of mostly limestone, it naturally places the province at risk for both natural and manmade disasters.

Map showing liquefaction hazards. / Photo courtesy of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

But with the help of available disaster maps for local government units, Damalerio stressed that LGUs now have a basis to inform their constituents on what areas are at risk for any landslide or flooding.

After the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted Bohol back in 2013, Damalerio added that the LGUs can assert its local mandate.

Map showing ground shaking hazard. / Photo courtesy of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

 

Map showing tsunami hazard. / Photo courtesy of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)

Meanwhile, in line with the observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month this July, the Telephone and Radio Systems Integrated Emergency Response (TARSIER) 117 has been going around the province and training communities about disaster preparedness, basic life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), earthquake preparedness and response, and ambulance operation.// (With reports from Philippine Information Agency Bohol)

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