The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII distributed the updated geohazard maps in Tupi, South Cotabato on February 28. Ariel Austin A. Acosta, senior geologist and team leader assigned to conduct vulnerability risk assessment (VRA) in the area spearheded the distribution to the officials and representatives of 15 barangays and local Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office during the exit conference held at the Conference Hall of the municipality.

Acosta and his team members composed of Tristan dela Cruz and Luther Dalura took the  opportunity to explain to the local officials the puroks and sitios found to be exposed to flooding and landslide. It pointed and stressed the findings and observations on the population, roads and built-up areas exposed to low, moderate and high risk to flooding and landslide.Read More

The documentation of the team started on February 20 and ended February 28. Historical data of flooding and landslide were taken with the current observations on areas of active landslide, rock fall prone, riverbank erosion, areas susceptible to ground subsidence and updates of currents, trails, roads and drains of the area. All the findings and observations were incorporated in a map with a scale of 1:10,000 delineating areas considered as very high, high, moderate and low susceptibility. Similarly, exposure maps showing population, roads and built-up areas at risk to landslide and flood hazards was also produced. Recommendations to address the risk was also emphasized for information of the local officials such as establishment of buffer zones or setbacks and clearing of drainage canal among others.

Mr. Emil T. Sumagaysay, the local DRRM officer expressed his thanks to RD Constancio A. Paye, Jr. for giving priority to their area and to the team for facilitating the immediate production of the geohazard maps. The updated map will surely help in their planning of mitigation and contingency measures to reduce geohazard in Tupi, he told.

Meanwhile, VRA exit conference was also conducted on the same day in Tampakan, South Cotabato with supervising geologist Melvin Sebua leading the discussion. Local officials of Tampakan such as barangay chairmen and members of their respective councils, MENRO, muncipal officials and DRRM representatives attended the conference.

MENRO Tampakan Eileen Estrada similarly expressed her support and gratefulness on the effort of the office in the continuous updating of geohazard maps of Tampakan, South Cotabato.