RP’s coastal areas next for geohazard mapping PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 April 2011 13:47

Philippine coastal areas are the next target for geohazard mapping after the completion of the geohazard mapping conducted on landslide and flood –prone areas.

Roservirico Tan, Chief, Information Division of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 9 said the Mines and Geosciences Bureau’s (MGB) Marine Geology Division who is conducting the geohazard assessment will lay particular attention on the effects of the rising sea level due to climate change.

The information chief said environmental changes that will be looked into under the project include the erosion and accretion or sedimentation of shorelines.

“Among the parameters set by MGB in determining the priority areas to be covered by the project include the area’s inherence to vulnerability, average rainfall, wind surges affecting the area, and the number of population in the coastal area, among others,” Tan explained.

MGB is targeting 97 coastal areas as priority areas in the provinces of Cagayan, La Union, Iloilo, Aklan, Antique, Negros Oriental and Cebu.

Data results of geohazard mapping will give the mines bureau solid information as to which shorelines or coastal areas are having occurrences of erosion or are prone to erosion.

Coastal erosion is a result of a number of geologic, oceanographic and atmospheric factors, including the relative sea level rise due to climate change.

The rise of sea level may also be attributed to man-made activities such as beach mining
Tan said the geohazard assessment will enable the government to plan for a more responsive risk reduction program. — PIA9 Zambo City