The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded the “Gawad sa Kaunlaran” medal and ribbon to Project NOAH Executive Director Mahar Lagmay, and geologists Peter Khallil Figueroa and Carmille Marie Escape last December 27, 2016.
With the aim of helping the residents of Calayan, Cagayan prepare for and respond to the threat of natural hazards, GoShare and AFP Northern Luzon Command spearheaded the “All-in-One Bayanihan in Calayan Group of Islands” activity. The 4-day training was held from July 24 to 29, 2016.
The government and private sector invited the local government units (LGUs) of each island to undergo training to strengthen the maritime protection of surrounding waters and to raise the resiliency of the people against hazards.
The Project NOAH team along with members, staff and volunteers of different organizations and institutions helped in educating the citizens of Calayan about their vital participation in minimizing the effects of natural hazards.
Calayan is a municipality in the province of Cagayan Valley and is located in the Luzon Strait of Luzon Island. It is the largest island among those in the Babuyan Channel. Other islands include Camiguin, Dalupiri, and Babuyan Island. According to the latest Census, it has a population of 16,702 in 2,564 households.
Surrounded by the provinces of Aparri and the Batanes islands, Calayan is threatened by hydrometeorological hazards (storm surges, floods, and rain-induced landslides) nonetheless.
AFP recognized the efforts of the Project NOAH team for conducting lectures that benefited the residents in identifying the storm surge and landslide-prone areas in their immediate vicinity. The Project NOAH team also provided a printed multihazard maps (covering all the island barangays) to the LGU officials of Calayan along with a dialogue that informed the people on how to use the maps given to their community.
Despite the availability of the hazard maps on the Project NOAH website, printed copies of storm surge and landslide maps were given due to the intermittent internet connection in the islands. Moreover, fieldwork was also conducted to visit different locations in Calayan Island that were reported by the citizens as a concern for landslide hazards.
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