Local Government Profile
Saint Bernard Municipality - Philippines
Rosalinda Araneta, Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council, Public Information Chairman
The local government of Saint Bernard is committed in making the town ready and resilient to disasters together with its people and its key partners. Through the campaign we are able to showcase and willing to share our good practices in building resilience
Website of the city : www.saintbernard.gov.ph/
Population : 0 - 26,297
Part Of : Southern Leyte
Hazards : Earthquake, Flood, Land Slide, Storm Surge, Tsunami
Saint Bernard Municipality is located in the southern part of Leyte Province in the Visayas Islands in the Philippines. In 2006, one of the world's worst landslide hit Southern Leyte that almost wiped out the entire 480 hectares in Barangay Guinsaugon, one of the 16 villages of the town of St. Bernard. The disaster left in its wake 28 injured, 410 registered survivors and buried alive at least 1,000 people. The town had experienced other disasters in previous years, but St. Bernard was unprepared for the magnitude of the Guinsaugon disaster. After the tragedy, hazard assessments were conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) and NGOs like CARE Philippines and the results revealed that 70% of the total land area of St. Bernard is highly vulnerable to many hazards.
Since it reactivated its Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC), St. Bernard in partnership with different NGOs has conducted a series of trainings on disaster preparedness, risk reduction, mitigation & climate change adaptation (CCA) for municipal officials, community leaders and other community members. These capacity building activities covered topics from disaster preparedness, mitigation, emergency response, and many others. Drills on flood, tsunami, landslide, and earthquake were also conducted in villages and schools.
The Local Government Unit (LGU) has also implemented many small-scale flood, landslide and multi-hazard mitigation projects that have helped reduce the risk & vulnerability of St. Bernard against hazards. These mitigation actions include the construction of gabions, dredging of river, mangrove planting to mitigate typhoon surges.