By ELLALYN B. DE VERA
January 12, 2012, 3:12pm
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 4-A (DENR-Calabarzon) reminded residents in high-risk geohazard areas to heed the call of the agency and local government units, and refrain from dwelling in areas highly susceptible to floods and landslides.
DENR-Region 4-A Executive Director Reynulfo Juan said geohazard maps were produced and made available by the regional office’s Decision Support Systems Office (DSSO) in Calamba City and at the office of the Regional Director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Region 4-A (MGB-Calabarzon) in Manila.
In Rizal province, highly susceptible to floods include San Mateo, Cainta, Taytay, Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Baras, Tanay, and Antipolo. Areas prone to landslides, meanwhile, include Antipolo City, Taytay, Rodriguez, San Mateo, Angono, Binangonan, Cardona, Morong, Baras, Majayjay, Tanay, Pililia and Jalajala.
The DSSO also identified critical areas, including Tagaytay City and the municipalities of Maragondon, Ternate, Silang, Alfonso, and Corregidor in Cavite province.
In Laguna, the susceptible areas to landslide are Calamba City, Los Baños, Alaminos, Rizal, Nagcarlan, Majayjay, Famy, Mabitac, Sta. Maria, Siniloan, Kalayaan, Cavinti and Paete.
The municipalities of Laurel, Mataas na Kahoy, Cuenca, Lipa City, Tuy, Calaca, Mabini, San Juan, and Rosario were considered susceptible to landslide in Batangas.
In Quezon, the susceptible areas to landslide are Gen. Nakar, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Panukalan, Burdeos, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Lopez, Buenavista, Mulanay, San Andres, San Fransisco, Tagkauayan, Sampaloc, Dolores, Tayabas, Lucban and Gen. Luna.
Juan also enumerated the flood-prone areas in the region, based on the flood susceptibility map for Calabarzon prepared by the DSSO with MGB-Calabarzon, and the National Economic Development Authority IV-A.
In the province of Cavite, he identified the municipalities of Kawit, Noveleta and Cavite City highly susceptible to floods.
Highly susceptible to floods are the municipalities of Mabitac, Santa Maria, Famy, Siniloan, Pangil, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, and Santa Cruz in Laguna province.
In Batangas province, he considered as flood-prone with high susceptibility the towns of Nasugbu, Lian, Calatagan, Tuy, Balayan, Calaca, Lemery, Taal, San Luis, Bauan, San Pascual, Batangas, Lobo, Laurel, Talisay and Tanauan.
In Quezon province, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Pitogo, Macalelon, Catanauan, Mulanay, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Polilio, Burdeos and Lucena City are also highly vulnerable to floods.