High-resolution, Geo-hazard Map Given to the Philippines

Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano is pleased for selecting the city as pilot testing site for the high-resolution, geo-hazard map given to the Philippines by the Australian government under the extensive disaster risk reduction assistance program known as BRACE.

Cayetano underscored the great aid the local government stands to receive from the technology, which uses Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) in order to get a three- dimensional (3-D) model of any given location.

“The application of this technology in creating a geo-hazard map will be a challenge among us decision-makers of the city government particularly during instances of typhoons, flooding, landslides, tornadoes and earthquakes. With this, we will be able to determine which areas in Taguig are in peril,” the local chief executive said.

Australian Aid (AusAID) chose Taguig as pilot testing site for the LIDAR technology since the city is on the path to development.

Andrew Egan of AusAID vowed to cooperate with the city government of Taguig in improving land use planning right after they get data from the high-resolution maps.

Ronald Galicia, officer-in-charge of Taguig Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO), said the acquisition of the LIDAR technology was a “welcome development” for the city government.

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