Typhoon "Ompong" Advisory

Considering the possible moderate to heavy rains that go along typhoon Ompong, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 7 has urgently reiterated its call to local officials and communities to revisit the landslides and flooding advisories issued to them by the Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) 7.

DENR 7 Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales made this appeal to local government executives to enhance efforts in reducing the possible impacts of Typhoon Ompong in Central Visayas.

“It is very essential for mayors and barangay captains to get hold of their respective geohazard maps and implement the necessary measures to reduce the impact of landslides and flooding within their areas of responsibility,” said Gonzales.

This was supported by MGB 7 Regional Director Loreto B. Alburo who also pointed out that preventive actions should be carried out in areas declared as “susceptible” to either landslide or flooding and advised officials to use the information, findings and recommendations provided along with the geohazard maps to enhance disaster risk reduction efforts.

“Areas which have been declared as “moderately and highly susceptible” to either landslides or flooding, and “no habitation” zones should be strictly carried out by the local chief executives,” he added.

Based on the MGB 7’s geohazard maps, in Cebu City there are 19 barangays that are highly susceptible to landslides, namely, Adlaon, Banilad, Buhisan, Budlaan, Busay, Guadalupe, Guba, Lahug, Lusaran, Malubog, Pamutan, Paril, Pulangbato, Pung-ol Sibugay, Sapangdako, Sirao, Tagba-o, Taptap and To-ong.

Other areas that are highly susceptible to landslide include Barangays Alpaco, Bairan, Cantao-an, Lanas, Mainit, Mayana, Naalad, Patag, Tinaan and Uling in City of Naga; 14 barangays in Balamban: Bayong, Buanoy, Cabagdalan, Cabasiangan, Cansomoroy, Duangan, Gaas, Ginatilan, Lamesa, Luca, Magsaysay, Matun-og, Prenza and Vito; Barangays Candulawan, Jaclupan, lagtang, Lawaan III, Manipis, Tapul and Sto. Niño in Talisay City and three barangays in Minglanilla, namely: Cadulawan, Cuanos and Manduang.

Meanwhile, around 20 barangays in Cebu City are also identified as highly susceptible to flooding. The list includes Bacayan, Cambinucot, Cogon Ramos, Day-as, Guadalupe, Hipodromo, Kamagayan, Labangon, Lusaran, Mabolo, Parian, Pit-os, Pulangbato, San Jose, Sapangdako, T. Padilla, Tinago, Tisa and To-ong; Barangays Alpaco, Bairan, Inayagan, Langtad, Lutac, Mainit, Tagjaquimit, and Tinaan in Naga City; 12 Barangays in Talisay City including Biasong, Candulawan, Dumlog, Lagtang, Lawaan II, Lawaan III, Linao, Pooc, San Isidro, San Roque, Tangke and Tapul; and barangays Cuanos, Linao, Pakigne, Tubod, Tungkil, and Vito in Minglanilla.

In Bohol, areas with moderate to high susceptibility to landslide and flooding were identified in the municipalities of Duero, Guindulman, Hagna, Pilar, Sierra Bollunes, Bien Unido, Candijay, Anda, Mabini, Alicia, Loboc, Batuan, Dagohoy, Dimiao, and Garcia Hernandez.

In Negros Oriental, some parts of Ayungon, Jimalalud, San Jose, Sibulan, Tayasan, Valencia, Amlan, Bacong, Dauin, Zamboanguita and Dumaguete City.

In Siquijor, municipalities with landslide prone areas are San Juan, Siquijor and Lazi while flood prone areas were identified in all five municipalities of the province.

For more information of the MGB 7’s Typhoon Ompong Geohazard Threat Advisory in your areas, you may visit the MGB 7 website at r7.mgb.gov.ph/ompong-advisory-areas-with-moderate-to-high-landslide-flooding-susceptibility-ratings/

To facilitate easy access of the geohazards maps, the said maps in a 1-50,000-scale are now available and downloadable in three government websites.

The government websites hosting the interactive geohazard maps include that of the DENR (www.denr.gov.ph), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (www.mgb.gov.ph), Philippine Information Agency (www.pia.gov.ph) and that of Environmental Science for Social Change (www.essc.org.ph).


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DENR 7 held today a ceremonial groundbreaking event and laying of capsule to mark the start of the construction of the DENR 7 Technical Building with a project cost of P21, 976,642.07 and set to be completed in 365 calendar days. The construction of the office building aims to provide more office space for DENR 7 Technical Services personnel.


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