How to Check a Property for Geohazards in the Philippines

If you are looking to buy a property, one of the first things you should do is check for any geohazards in that area. Doing your due diligence before making a decision will save you from headaches in the future. Geohazards are intangible factors of a property that buyers frequently overlook. When you visit a property, there is usually no way for you to determine whether the property has a geohazard risk.


Flooded Village
Photo by Pok Rie


What are geological hazards or geohazards?


A geologic hazard, also known as a geohazard, is a geologic condition that can cause widespread damage or loss of property and life. Hazards such as flooding, faultlines, landslides, and volcanic activity are just a few you should consider. These hazards are not apparent on physical inspection and will only manifest a problem in specific conditions. 


How to Check for Geohazards in a Property in the Philippines?


The government provides free data for geohazard areas in the Philippines. DOST's website, Hazardhunter, shows geohazard locations in the country. You can check whether the property is at risk of flooding or near a fault line. 


Flooding and faultlines are the two hazards I am particularly concerned about when choosing a location. I would not want to build anything on top of a faultline since it is almost a guarantee my house would be at risk during an earthquake. A flood-prone property would wreak havoc on your home, appliances, and furniture. This is why I recommend you check for geohazards before you decide to purchase a lot.  


To check properties for geohazards, visit https://hazardhunter.georisk.gov.ph 

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