Legarda calls for massive info dissemination on geo-hazard maps

December 13, 2012 11:23 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 13 – Senator Loren Legarda called on Thursday for massive information dissemination about the country’s geo-hazard maps to prevent another loss of many lives due to natural calamities like typhoon "Pablo" that left over 900 people dead last week.

”We need massive information for geo-hazard maps so that all municipalities and cities can use and implement the geo-hazard map, whether it is purple, red, yellow or green,” Legarda said after the Senate committee on climate change briefing on the disaster.

Legarda learned from the resource persons, including Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Ramon Paje that the geo-hazard maps are not being used and implemented, especially in Compostela Valley Province.

”It is clear that perhaps the geo-hazard maps were not used and implemented. We need to work harder to save people,” Legarda said.

”We should have avoided the loss of many lives if we have used properly the geo-hazard maps,” she added.

To increase awareness on geo-hazard maps, Legarda urged the DENR to distribute all the remaining 1,600 VCDs, tarpaulins and posters of geo-hazard maps to all the local governments.

”We have to distribute the VCDS, tarpaulins and posters so that people will be able to see if their areas are covered by geo-hazard maps,” Legarda said.

Legarda said the internet, through social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, is one of the best effective tool for information dissemination.

The lady senator, champion of disaster risk reduction, also called for regional Mine Geosciences Bureau, the provincial environmental officer (PEMRO), municipal environmental officer (CENRO), disaster risk reduction officer, local government units to sit down on how to boost the information dissemination.

Paje informed the Senate panel that Cagayan de Oro City has experienced zero casualty because of the lessons it learned from typhoon "Sendong" that killed over a 1,000 people a year ago due to flashfloods.

”The summit that we held after Sendong helped a lot. But it’s not enough that we learned lessons from these disasters. We should give them (the people) tool and explain the same relocation sites,” Legarda said. (PNA)



5 Responses to “Legarda calls for massive info dissemination on geo-hazard maps”

  1. Dudung on December 14th, 2012 7:26 am

    “We need massive information for geo-hazard maps so that all municipalities and cities can use and implement the geo-hazard map, whether it is purple, red, yellow or green,”

    tama. Dapat mas maging aware ang mga tao dito para magamit ng maayos

  2. Jenica on December 14th, 2012 8:05 am

    I agree with our lady senator…dapat malaman ng tao about this para mapgisipisp sila at umpisahan na ang pagkilos.

  3. Peter on December 14th, 2012 8:07 am

    Di pa huli ang lahat. Baguhin at improve natin ang system natin para di na maulit ito. Nakaalungkot na 900 ang nawalan ng buhay kay Pablo. Rebuild tayo and gawa tayo mas ok na plano para wala ng ganito.

  4. Melody on December 14th, 2012 8:09 am

    may pagkukulang pa rin pala tau….:( di bale, tutulungan ko si Mam Loren at ang buong bansa by sharing this to my friends….everyone should b informed about this…

  5. Mikolot on December 14th, 2012 8:11 am

    Gamitin kasi natin yung geohazard maps. dapat hindi pinapayagan gamitin o tayuan ng govt yung mga area na lapitin sa sakuna. wag na sanang matigas ang ulo natin. matuto na tayo sa mga nakaraan mga disasters. oras napara palitan ang cycle natin.Thanks po Loren sa pageffort sa pagreremind sa taong bayan sa mga napakaimporatante na susi para makaiwas sa disasters.