Iloilo City) – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) issued an advisory on the occurrence of La Niña in the country starting late in September or early October this year.
MGB issued a memorandum to all its regional offices to submit a plan of action as input to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) in preparation for this climate phenomenon.
MGB prepares and provides the NDRRMC with updated geohazard and risk exposure maps. MGB Regional offices re-issues flood and landslide threat advisories to local DRRMCs whenever a weather disturbance affects the country.
Citing the forecast of PAG-ASA, the country expects above-normal rainfall conditions over most parts of the country from September 2020 to February 2021. Flood and rain-induced landslides on vulnerable areas may happen with the occurrence of La Niña. Areas that are highly at risk to landslides and floods can be located in the geohazard maps provided to the local DRRMC.
In line with this, MGB Regional Office in Western Visayas recently issued a La Niña advisory to the local government units through the field offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Region 6. (MGB-6, DENR)