By Rey Anthony Chiu | 10:53 AM March 27, 2022
Bohol leads provinces in the country in disaster risk reduction and mitigation when it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the use of the government’s central source of information for accurate and efficient hazards and risk assessment.
During the recent Bohol Resiliency Summit last March 15, 2022, at the Pavilion of the Bellevue Hotel in Panglao, Bohol governor Arthur Yap signed for Bohol on a MOU with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on the use the GeoRiskPH which is both a governance and information communication technology geospatial platform which can be very crucial in increasing the province’s resilience against natural disasters.
Prone to natural and manmade disasters, Bohol has faced earthquakes, landslides, tidal surges, flooding, droughts and recently the super-typhoon, which has pushed local leaders to get communities involved in the efforts to mitigate various risks, ensure effective and efficient disaster response and implement a timely and efficient recovery, build better by learning from the experience and considering these risks in the future.
In response to that, the Provincial Government with the World Bank, the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation and a local Holy Name University put up the Bohol Resiliency Summit adopting Disaster Resiliency for Sustainable Economic Growth.
Bringing together national government agencies, local government units, the academe, private sector, development planners, civil society organizations and community representatives to share experiences, learning and knowledge to gain better understanding in development planning, capital utilization and helping each other to insulate communities from future disasters.
With GeoRiskPH MOU, Bohol can now share protocols and platforms to understand and mitigate hazards, exposure and other risk information to help its people, communities, local governments, and national agencies prepare and plan how to reduce the risks from natural hazards.
With use of the GeoRiskPH’s Platform as stipulated in the MOU, Bohol LGUS may now have access to HazardHunterPH, an online user-friendly application designed to generate natural and manmade hazard assessment tool to serve individuals, communities and institutions, thus allowing people to predetermine risks when building on a site, and pre-plan for the eventuality of the disaster, by approximating the risk and over-engineering.
And more importantly, GeoRiskPH platform also affords LGUs hazard visualization and analytics With GeoAnalytics, which would generate disaster information and could be a crucial guide for disaster relief operations and development of resettlement areas.
Moreover, the GeoRiskPH access also allows LGUs to tap necessary data while on the field with a web and phone based application in the GeoMapperPH, and generate figures crucuoal inpolicy reforms. .
GeoMapperPH allows communities with access to populate the national exposure database with this exposure data mapper, situation data mapper, by collecting, reporting and updating data for improved accuracy.
While both HazardHunterPH and GeoAnalytics are easily accessible by the public, GeoMapping however allows only access to members with credentials.
This is where the LGUS in Bohol can play, with the MOU.
Provincial Planning and Development Officer Atty John Titus Vistal pointed out that Bohol’s MOA is the first among provincial governments while the PhiVolcs have already offered access to these resources for highly urbanized cities in the country. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)