The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has advised residents in landslide and flood-prone areas to heed government warnings and emergency alerts as some parts of the country brace for more severe weather conditions.

DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu cautioned those living along the path of storms, particularly in the eastern seaboard of the country, to be alert and follow warnings from concerned national and local government agencies.

“We are particularly appealing to those living in areas that have already been identified as highly susceptible to landslides and floods to please evacuate as soon as you are told to, so that we can achieve zero casualty,” the environment chief said.

As storm track can change quickly and unexpectedly, Cimatu urged residents in potentially affected areas not to be caught unaware and take advantage of advance warning to get their families safe before it becomes too dangerous to do so.

“Lives are more important than property. Let us all remain safe and alive, especially during this Christmas season,” he pointed out. 

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has warned of a low pressure area that could possibly develop into tropical cyclone Vinta when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility in the next few days.

Vinta follows on the heels of tropical depression Urduja, which made landfall six times, creating a swath of damage to properties in Visayas and Mindanao, and killing at least 31 people before leaving the country. 

Cimatu also advised the public to use technology to keep abreast of government updates and safety information.

Geohazard maps showing landslide and flood-prone areas are available on the websites of the DENR (www.denr.gov.ph) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (www.mgb.gov.ph). These maps are available in 1:50,000 and 1:10,000 scales.  

The DENR has also distributed geohazard maps to local government units for their guidance and use, especially for zoning purposes. 

The agency also has two free mobile applications that contain environmental information, including flood and landslide prone areas. 

The AlertoPinoy and EnvironMentor applications are both map-based and use global positioning system (GPS) technology. ###

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