January 6, 2012
KIKO PUSHES DENR TO PUBLICLY DISCLOSE GEO HAZARD MAP DATA; COMPELS DILG TO ACT ON IRRESPONSIBLE LGU OFFICIALS
Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan urges the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to publicly disclose populated areas that are prone to flooding and landslides. He also calls on the Department of Interior and Local Government to hold accountable LGU officials who fail to heed warnings given them by authorities.
"The time for impunity has passed, and we must now exact accountability from LGU officials who have failed to do their duty to protect their constituents. The DENR has long been calling on LGUs against illegal logging, and data have already been given them regarding disaster-prone areas. There are no more excuses for them not to do their duty to protect their constituents from disasters as landslides and flooding."
Pangilinan adds that public disclosure of the geo hazard map data will allow the people to scrutinize officials and pressure them to strictly implement DENR guidelines.
"We cannot allow deaths from disasters to occur repeatedly knowing that they could have been prevented from happening. We cannot tolerate any longer the ineptitude and inaction, especially with the realization that LGUs were already given the resources and data for them to take action to save lives and minimize damage to property."
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