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A recently-conducted aerial survey of the island by a team from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the University of the Philippines Training Center for Applied Geodesy and Photogrammetry (UP TCAGP) is part of a program aimed at producing three-dimensional flood and hazard maps for majority of the country’s river systems.
The team arrived in the 2nd week of February and, following the arrival of a Cessna T206H aircraft equipped with a sensor of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment, began conducting survey missions in the target priority areas in Catanduanes. Among the LiDAR coverage areas here are the coastal areas stretching from San Andres to Virac and along the eastern coast towards Pandan, as well as the vast nipa swampland straddling the boundary between Panganiban and Viga.
“The life-saving information produced by the program aims to aid planners and local government units to prepare for and propose countermeasures for the pronounced probable La Niña occurrence this year,” project leader Engr. Louie Balicanta told Mayor Samuel Laynes.