SAN ISIDRO,Northern,Samar- Members of a team from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau(MGB) recently conducted their geohazard mapping in all the villages of this town. The MGB team, headed by geologists Leah Mae Marie Gegare and Vincent Gascal, made recommendations to the local government and barangay officials for them to observe to avoid if not minimize impacts due to a natural calamity like flooding and landslide.

Eulalio Sola, head of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, said that the MGB team presented the result of their assessment last September 30. Among the recommendations involved the following: construction of canals along village rod and evacuation centers to minimize flooding; vigilance during bad weather; establish a 40-meter “no dwelling zone” along coastal areas and 5-10 meter buffer zone from the creek’s bank—under P.D. 1067; slope stability improvements and as well proper maintenance of canals and discourage residents in settling along coastal and river mouth.

The MGB team also identified the town’s villages with low and high susceptibility on landslide and flooding incidents and at same time advises the public to initiate readiness and measures for the said identified geo-hazard. According to Poblacion village chairman Nelson Badillo Jr., the first-ever conduct of geohazard mapping on their town was a big help considering that occurrence of typhoons in the region has become frequent that results to destructions of properties and lose of lives. (PETER D. PAREDES)