By: Emme Rose Santiagudo
THE Office of the Civil Defense in Western Visayas conducted an aerial survey on landslide prone areas in the towns of Antique and Iloilo on Mar 21, 2019.
The inspection covered the towns of Tubungan, Leon, and San Joaquin in the first district of Iloilo and San Remigio and Hamtic in Antique.
Aside from identifying landslide prone areas, OCD-6 Director Jose Roberto Nuñez said they want to determine the needed interventions in susceptible areas.
“We had our previous assessments in Tubungan and we really want to identify the landslide prone areas. Kasi although may mga hazard maps na, kailangan talaga naming puntahan and ma-identify yung mga areas,” Nuñez said.
Personnel from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB)-6 and some journalists joined the aerial inspection.
The Technical Operations Group (TOG) of the Philippine Air Force also dropped flyers of Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government, which seeks to encourage rebels to surrender.
On the same day, a Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) Summit was conducted in San Jose, Antique with the goal of raising the awareness of barangay officials on disaster preparedness.
“It’s actually the first in the Visayas and our goal really is information dissemination,” Nuñez said.
Nuñez added that each of the participant during the summit were also given go bags which contains flashlight, whistle, and first-aid kits.
The summit gathered more than 500 barangay officials including Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) members.
A regional evacuation center was also turned over during the summit.