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Hazard maps from Davao are on display as part of a week-long Earth Day celebration.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The city government has released hazard maps outlining disaster risks for various areas as a guide for businesses and potential property buyers.

The maps, according to Ivan Cortez, coordinator of the city planning and development office (CPDO), aim to guide the public on which places give the greatest bargain for their investments.

“We want people to be aware of the present risks that are already mapped in our zoning ordinance, such as landslide-prone places, flooding-prone areas, storm-surge-prone areas, and areas that are within the fault line,” Cortez added.

The maps are on display till April 28 at the CPDO and City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) exhibit in SM City Ecoland.

Local government offices also share information on the efforts being made to remedy environmental harm in addition to the maps.

According to Cortez, the exercises allow Dabawenyos to reduce the hazards they may encounter as a result of climate change.

Dabawenyos can also learn some fascinating details regarding the 2013 zoning legislation, which includes the designation of Shrine Hills as an Urban Ecological Enhancement Sub-Zone.

According to Cortez, the ecological zone “Because we cannot allow the entire area to remain a concrete jungle, we will begin to provide something of a lung to the urban center. We also require the presence of the real jungle within us while we continue to enjoy our time in Davao City.”

He added that the local government demands every subdivision project “and every commercial institutional project to have 10% of their total area committed to greening” to institutionalize greening activities.

He also mentioned that the city just passed the “Single-Utilize Plastic Ordinance” as well as another rule requiring all parks, walkways, and pavements to use the permeable pavement to allow water to seep into the ground.

“We are a part of the answer.” Everything we do will always have an impact on the environment, whether it is for the better or for the worse. “We have a choice,” Cortez stated.

The exhibit will also gather public feedback on how the municipal administration might improve its environmental and infrastructure services.

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