Date: February 26, 2020

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Photos of site inspection and proposed evacuation centers

Proposed evacuation centers in Samar and Northern Samar classified as low landslide susceptible

            The joint site inspection by a team of geologists and technical personnel from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) RO VIII and the Department of Public Works and Highways RO VIII on some identified proposed evacuation centers in the provinces of Samar and Northern Samar disclosed low landslide susceptibility of said areas, therefore, allowing development and dwelling therein.

            The proposed evacuation centers covered in the assessment and subject to re-issuance of geohazard certification were the following: Barangay Tinago, Calbiga, Samar; Barangay Payao, Catbalogan, Samar; Barangay Polangi, Catarman, Northern Samar and Bobon, Northern Samar.

Field findings on such areas with low landslide susceptibility however, recommended that specifications in the National Building Code and Structural Code of the Philippines must be strictly followed and modified, if necessary, based on recent events such as Supertyphoon Yolanda and occurrences of earthquakes in the Visayas area.

            The Joint DENR-DILG-DND-DPWH-DOST Memorandum Circular No. 2014-01 also requires that areas which are classified as having Low Landslide Susceptibility should not allow the establishment of evacuation centers unless appropriate engineering intervention measures are implemented with continuous monitoring. Meanwhile, those with Low flood Susceptibility require evacuation centers to be structurally sound and have vertical evacuation capabilities. The topography, rock and soil types must also be considered in the design or in any other modifications in the structures that will be constructed in the project site.

            The joint site inspection and assessment by the team was conducted on February 17-24, 2020. Concerned LGU officials, MDRRMOs and Municipal Engineers also joined the team in the inspection.