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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau I (MGB-I) conducted a Training Workshop on Understanding Risk Exposure Maps in Laoag City, Ilocos Norte last October 17-18,2018. The said training is a part of the Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign for the Vulnerability Risk Assessment (VRA). The said project is a continuation of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ National Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program with MGB conducting 1:50,000 scale and 1:10,000 scale flood and landslide susceptibility mapping for cities and municipalities.

The population, built-up areas and road networks are the considered elements at risk during the assessment. Thus risk exposure maps for these elements were done to properly identify which barangays have the most number of people with potential of being affected by specific geohazards and to identify the proper locations and the most appropriate alternate traffic routes and pre-positioning areas for recovery and relief operations.

The project now seeks the optimized use of the 1:10,000 scale detailed flood and landslide maps for local government units in respective land-use and contingency planning by evaluating the existing vulnerability conditions within their areas.

The IEC revolved on the introduction of the VRA to LGU personnel and officials, elaboration of its methodology and presentation of the VRA result in their respective areas. Geologists Yancey Seve Guinto and Mark Joshua Novero discussed and presented the Risk Exposure Maps.

These maps were distributed to officials of the Laoag LGU. Then a round table discussion was done after.

Supervising Geologist Vilma A. Viceno thanked the participation of the LGU staff and officials and noted their comments and suggestions on the said training/workshop. She added that the VRA is essential to the LGUs as it could also provide technical support and information to the local government unite in updating their Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) as well as for disaster preparedness and management.