LEGAZPI CITY – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office no. V (MGB R.O.-V) has programmed the whole month of February for the conduct of the following activities, Vulnerability Risk Assessment and Updating of 1:10,000 scale maps in the Municipalities of Bombon, Gainza and Bato all in the Province of Camarines Sur.

Division Chief Arlene Dayao stressed that with the completion of the second phase of the National Geohazards mapping of 1:10,000 scale geohazard survey and assessment for flood and landslide hazards in the Bicol Region, the next step towards a proactive disaster risk reduction is to come up with a planning tool that involves assessment of the environmental and societal conditions that make resources vulnerable to damage and losses.

The Vulnerability Risk Assessment aims to make an inventory of elements at risk (population, buildings, and other infrastructure) of the municipality and to determine their vulnerability to existing hazards, particularly floods and landslide while the Updating of the 1:10,000 scale is aimed to update the existing geohazard maps conducted by the office.

She further added that once completed, outputs of these activities are VRA Risk maps and updated 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps which will be provided to the local government units of Bombon, Gainza and Bato, Camarines Sur. These valuable outputs form part of the accurate and reliable data framework of the local communities as they embark on the formulation of their Comprehensive Land Use Plan, Comprehensive Development Plan, Disaster Risk Reduction Management Plan and Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan.