DILG 10: Hi-tech hazard, risk assessment via GIS now on final stage

May 21, 2019

Hi-tech hazard and risk assessment using Geographic Information System (GIS) at the Local Government Units (LGUs) in Northen Mindanao is coming very soon, says the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 10.

DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that the regional field office is now on the finalization of Hazard and Risk Assessment using Geographic Information System (GIS).

Agabe revealed that the DILG Region X recently conducted a three-day workshop in Misamis Oriental as part of the finalization efforts to speed up the mapping process of identifying the elements at risk to identified hazards in the area.

In her opening message, DILG 10 Local Government Capability Development Division (LGCDD) Chief Hazel L. Occena 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.

Occena is hopeful that by maximizing the use of technology, LGUs will be able to produce plans and update its database real-time, and no longer solely rely on science agencies.

Meanwhile, GIS Trained Operator/Information Technology Officer (ITO) I Jose Miguel A. Siao 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.

In his discussion of the topic on Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Siao said that the GIS technology can be used for developmental, agricultural, and environmental application.

Moreover, GIS Trained Operator/Local Government Operations Officer (LGOO) II Maria C. Teves said that there is a need to use the technology especially for those LGUs with disaster prone areas.

During her assessment of LGU output, Teves said that prevention and mitigation is just as important as rehabilitation and recovery.

Some 22 participants composed of Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators (MPDCs), Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers (LDRRMOs), and Information Technology (IT) staff from Alubijid, Gingoog City, Lugait, Medina, Manolo Fortich, Talakag, and Valencia City underwent 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 to be participated by LGUs from Iligan City, Lala, Kapatagan, Tubod, Jimenez, Oroquieta City, Ozamiz City, Tangub City, Plaridel, Salay, Opol, El Salvador City, and Sagay.