Friday, October 31, 2008

Complete geological hazard map in Western Visayas in 2010

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) is hoping to complete its geological hazard mapping in Western Visayas, in the Philippines by 2010.

The MGB now has only two geologists to undertake the survey but its central office has also fielded augmentation to handle especially the mountainous barangays of Antique.

MGB regional director Leo Van Juguan said their Manila office has issued an instruction to prioritize the province of Antique in the hazard mapping.

Initially, the mountain barangays of Antique and Iloilo and other mountain ranges going up to Aklan, especially Libacao and portions of Capiz, have been identified as high risk areas.

They have yet to determine the hazard areas in the provinces of Negros Occidental and Guimaras; although Juguan said there might only be a few that will fall into that category.

The geological hazard mapping aims to determine the risk areas which will prove useful in the preparation of measures to prevent possible disasters.



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