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first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Llamedo said barangay Tangke and other coastal barangays in Talisay City and Minglanilla are highly vulnerable and critical to storm surge.MORE STORIESnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USMORE STORIESnewsinfoQuake disturbs Itbayat, Batanes anewnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USPreemptive evacuation has always been the recommendation for these areas during typhoons and southwest monsoon winds.But since storm surges are relatively a “new phenomenon” in the country, it has not been given much focus.“Given the impact the storm surge caused by Yolanda, there is a need to reconfigure our disaster preparedness and disaster mitigation,” Llamedo said.Reconfiguring involves several concerns the DENR can step in, Llamedo said. First is more intensive education campaigns to LGUs.ADVERTISEMENT SMC bags Bulacan airport project MOST READ Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements “For the entire region, we have very critical areas and barangays so will start with these. We will be gathering communities and barangay officials to do hands on explanation of our advisories,” LlamedoEvacuation centers should also be rechecked if these can really withstand strong disasters.During Yolanda, several established evacuation centers were destroyed by the strong winds.Disaster teams should also be checked whether they need more training for capacity building.Lastly, Llamedo said they will work in coordination with LGUs in removing communities that live in coastal areas and other flood prone areas.“DENR has been doing what it can to help especially in providing technical assistance. Enforcement and implementation of these are judgment calls of local chief executives,” he added.Read Next “If geologists see that a certain area is prone to storm surges, it will be included in the geohazard threat advisories to be issued to LGU chief executives,” said Eddie Llamedo, information officer of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 where the MGB is under as a line bureau.Currently, MGB geohazard advisories only cover landslides and floods. When storm surges spawned by the southwest monsoon or habagat, hit the coastal areas of Talisay City and Minglanilla last October, the MGB explained that they still have to include the storm surge in their geohazard maps as identifying such is under the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa).FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeThe MGB however pushed with urgency the integration of storm surge warnings in their geohazard maps because of the devastation caused by storm surges in Leyte and Eastern Samar during supertyphoon Yolanda last Nov. 8.In a 2011 MGB assessment, some areas in the province were found to have high vulnerability to storm surges. PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy LATEST STORIES What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary THE Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will include in its geohazards mapping and information campaigns the vulnerability of towns and cities in Central Visayas to storm surge.This came as a lesson after the storm surge caused by supertyphoon Yolanda devastated buildings and houses in Eastern Visayas leaving thousands dead.ADVERTISEMENT Sen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performance View commentslast_img

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