DENR calls on LGUs to declare ‘no habitation zones’ all high-risk areas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 August 2011 15:49

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Zamboanga City has reiterated the call of Secretary Ramon Paje for local government units (LGUs) to declare “no habitation zones” all areas identified as high-risk to flashfloods and landslides.

Secretary Paje recently appealed to all LGUs nationwide to declare areas that have been identified as high-risk in their respective municipalities and cities “no habitation zones.”

DENR Information Division Chief Roservirico Tan said that Paje’s appeal came on the heels of the landslide and flooding incidents that claimed several lives caused by the recent typhoons that entered the country’s area of responsibility.

Tan saidthat Paje has also appealed to LGUs to make use of the geohazard maps distributed by the DENR in order to avoid loss of lives and properties especially at this critical time when typhoons passing the country trigger heavy precipitation on land.

Tan explained the geohazard maps not only identify the areas susceptible to landslides, floods and flashfloods but also the level of their susceptibility such as high, moderate or low.

“Under the existing protocol, LGUs shall evacuate inhabitants living in flood- and landslide-prone areas to relocation sites in times of impending typhoon or other weather disturbances that could bring about heavy rains,” Tan said.