LOCAL government leaders in Pangasinan can now use the geo hazard maps available at the website of the Philippine Information Agency (pia.gov.ph) to assist them in developing strategic their respective disaster-preparedness plan.
Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) said it is important for the public in general to know the areas in their localities that are most prone to disasters so they can take the necessary actions and precautions.
“The community, especially the media, should be vigilant. We need not wait for something terrible to happen before we act,” Coloma said in a meeting with PIA provincial managers of the north central Luzon cluster on Friday held in Baguio City.
The geo hazard map for Pangasinan is divided into seven quadrangles covering the specific city or municipality and its neighboring areas, namely, Alaminos, Binalonan, Bolinao, Bugallon, Dagupan City, Lingayen and San Nicolas.
The maps, covering the entire country, indicate areas vulnerable to landslide and floods.
The website pages contain digital, satellite and susceptibility maps that are color-coded.
Red represents areas that have high susceptibility to land slide; green – moderate; yellow – low; and gray are possible landslide debris accumulation zones.
The violet-colored areas are highly susceptible to flooding; flesh –low to moderate; and white are areas not susceptible. (PIA-Pangasinan/VMS)