DILG 10 preps on finalizing
hazard, risk assessment via GIS

             As the overall responsible agency for disaster preparedness,  Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10 conducted a three-day Workshop on Finalization of Hazard and Risk Assessment using Geographic Information System (GIS) last May 7-9, 2019 at Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, Taboc, Opol, Misamis Oriental.

        A total of 22 participants, which was composed by the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers (LDRRMOs), and Information Technology (IT) staff of the following LGUs: Alubijid, Gingoog City, Lugait, Medina, Manolo Fortich, Talakag, and Valencia City, attended the activity.

        Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) Chief Hazel L. Occeña, in her opening message, shared that the workshop is a follow through of the Integrated Capacity Development Program on Risk Reduction and Enhancing LGU’s Disaster Preparedness Initiative in Local Governance (i-CaRE DILG) activity conducted last August and September 2018.

        She said that maximizing the use of technology speeds up the mapping process of identifying the elements at risk to identified hazards in the area. With this, LGUs will be able to produce plans and update its database to real-time, and not solely rely on science agencies.

    GIS Trained Operator/Information Technology Officer (ITO) I Jose Miguel A. Siao, in his discussion of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), shared that terrain analysis using the UAV technology allows the LGUs to be more effective on producing the disaster plan, contingency plan, flood path, and escape route. He said that this technology can be used for developmental, agricultural, and environmental application.

Moreover, GIS Trained Operator/Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) II Maria C. Teves, in her assessment of LGU output, shared that there is a need to use the technology especially for those LGUs with disaster prone areas. She said that prevention and mitigation is just as important as rehabilitation and recovery.

      Meanwhile, the participants had hands-on operation of the UAV and the processing of the aerial images using various softwares and applications for disaster and other practical use like terrain analysis, land cover and the like.

          Second batch of the same training will be conducted on May 29-31, 2019, participated by LGUs Iligan City, Lala, Kapatagan, Tubod, Jimenez, Oroquieta City, Ozamiz City, Tangub City, Plaridel, Salay, Opol, El Salvador City, and Sagay.