The Mines and GeoSciences Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources identified 25 barangays in Bacolod City with flood high risk “sitios” or “puroks”, a press release from City Hall said.
The results of the detailed landslide and flood assessment and mapping (1:10,000 scale) conducted by geologists from DENR-MGB Central and Regional Office on the 61 barangays in September to October 2013, showed that some puroks of the 25 barangays are considered high-risk to flood, it said.
The list includes barangays 10, 16, 20, 27, 28, 35, 36, 40, 41, Alijis, Banago, Singcang, Bata, Estefania, Felisa, Granada, Handumanan, Taculing, Mandalagan, Montevista, Pahanocoy, Tangub, Punta Taytay, Villamonte and Vista Alegre.
City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office head, Rufino Alcala, said the results of the flood assessment and mapping will serve as a guide for barangay and city officials on how development programs and projects shall be implemented at the barangay level, the press release said.
The report also showed that the Arao relocation site in Barangay Vista Alegre is not ideal because it is also high-risk to flooding, the press release said.
In his letter to Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella, DENR Senior Science Research Specialist/Geologist Alvin Lucio Fernando, who acted as team leader, said the assessment and mapping was conducted in line with the government’s efforts aimed at reducing, if not, mitigating the destructive effects and impact of natural hazards to the populace, the press release added.*