FAQs For Yolanda Corridor Reconstruction and Rehabilitation
What is the Joint Memorandum Circular for?
- The JMC is officially entitled as the Adoption of Hazard Zone Classification in Areas Affected by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and Providing Guidelines for Activities Therein .
- It provides information on how to use the multi-hazard maps in future reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts of areas struck by disasters.
- Examples of activities that the JMC guides are:
- Where to put evacuation centers
- What to do if your property is located in a hazard susceptible area
Who wrote the JMC?
- The JMC is a document published by the following government agencies:
When will its implementation start?
- It was signed by the Cabinet Secretaries of the author agencies on November 5, 2014 and has been implemented since this date.
Who should use it?
- The primary users are those involved in the Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
- Local Government Units (LGU)
- Non-governmental Organizations (NGO)
- Other government agencies
- The public and private sector
- Everybody is also encouraged to refer to these maps to find out about the hydrometeorological hazards in your community.
What are the official maps to be used?
- DOST Project NOAH multihazard maps are the official maps to be used for the Yolanda reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts, as shown in the NAMRIA Geoportal.
What are the no-dwelling and no-build zones?
- You can identify these areas by referring to the JMC.
- Areas that are prohibited to build on are stated in the following legal documents:
How is a no-build zone defined by the different laws stated above?
- Civil Code (RA 386): Three (3) meters away from the banks of rivers and streams (Article 638).
- Water Code (PD 1067): A definite distance away from the banks of rivers and streams and shores of seas and lakes based on the land zone classification (Article 51).
- Urban Area: Three (3) meters
- Agricultural Area: Twenty (20) meters
- Forest Area: Forty (40) meters
- Forest Code (PD 705): Twenty (20) meters away from rivers and streams with channels at least five (5) meters wide (Section 16).
What if I find my property outside of what is defined as “no-build zones” in the Civil Code of the Philippines, Revised Forestry Code, water code, and public land use act but within a high or moderate hazard area?
- You are strongly encouraged to know the risk and to take appropriate action when there is an imminent hazard.
- Warnings are provided by government of incoming storms and their hazard impacts.
What agency is responsible for providing permits or certification to construct in a certain area?
- Project NOAH maps are used as reference, but the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) will certify the suitability for construction of property.
- This is valid for hydro-met hazards such as floods, rainfall-triggered landslides, and storm surges.
- For earthquake and volcanic hazards, PHIVOLCS certification is necessary. You may also have to consult PHIVOLCS hazard maps for each property.
How do you interpret the multi-hazard maps?
- Suitable areas for development are those areas without any color.
- For NAMRIA geoportal maps, those colored red, violet, and yellow refer to the high, moderate, and low hazards, respectively. Since they are multihazard maps, the colors refer to flood, rainfall-triggered landslides, and storm surge hazards.
- For those seen in the NOAH website, colors are depicted as red, orange, and yellow and refer to high, moderate, and low hazards, respectively. Since they are multihazard maps, the colors refer to flood, rainfall-triggered landslides, and storm surge hazards.
Is it possible to print the maps?
- It is possible to zoom-in on the hazard maps up to the barangay level. This can then be captured in screenshots.
- Multi-hazard map screenshots for each barangay can be printed as many times as you want, or sent by email to your loved ones.
Is it possible to download the files?
- For the NOAH website, this feature is under development and will be available soon.