Senator says geohazard maps too technical


DAVAO CITY—Geohazard maps produced by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) are not effective tools to warn people against pending disasters simply because they are too technical and not understood by common people, a senator said here.

Sen. Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate climate change committee, said a classic example of the ineffectiveness of the maps is the marking of Barangay Andap in New Bataan, a town where dozens were killed at the height of Typhoon “Pablo,” as a danger zone in the MGB website.

But Legarda said very few have had access to the website maps, “and if they did, they could not have easily understood its technical language.”

Legarda said residents in villages as remote as Barangay Andap would not have any idea about the existence of such maps so the government has to exert more effort to make it available to them and in a language easy to understand.

Legarda, a former TV host, said there was apparent “communications breakdown” with the death toll caused by Pablo.

But she insisted that if the geohazard maps had been easily available and understood by ordinary people, these would have helped save lives.

“You can’t expect the barangay captain of Andap to see it (the geohazard map) or upload it, can you? Because in the age of technology, not everyone is hi-tech,” she said. Germelina Lacorte, Inquirer Mindanao

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  • Rene V

    make the maps simple. but i bet the death toll would not change. wala tayong magagawa sa mga sadyang tanga.

    • Charles Lynel F. Joven

       hey who you calling tanga, dickhead?….the people living in those areas have never experienced a category 5 typhoon…you should have been there, and drowned..!

  • Paul

    True yan mam Legarda. They should make it simple to read. Not all people naman talaga are ‘hi-tech” :)

  • darnah

    Good catch, senator Loren. Ur right. SImplehan nalang dapat nila para maintindihan ng common people.

    • T_O_S_H_I_O

      Onga. Bat pala di nila naisip yun. Buti nakita ni Loren yan.

  • T_O_S_H_I_O

    Masaya lang ako na naguumpisa na sila gumamit nito, At least kahit papano naguumpisa na tayong maging aware sa mga pwedeng idulot ng sakuna.

  • Arnel

    iba tlaga pag si Legarda ang umasikaso dito. Pulido dapat. tama lang yan para sumnod tayo. unti unti naman na nagakaresulta e.

  • Fred

    Can MGB issue geohazard maps that can be easily understood, maybe thru color-coded descriptions? or by indicating numbers similar to typhoon signals?

  • mon key

    the geohazard maps are easy to understand. but politicians do not listen to technical persons who give them technical proposals regarding local planning. this is evident in the establishment of subdivisions in flood prone areas. any technical person who contradicts any politician gets isolated, losing a career and employment.  

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