Iloilo City – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office VI (MGB VI), Department of Environment and Natural Resources personnel revisited the agency’s Geological Risk Reduction and Resiliency Program through the lectures and presentations conducted by the geologists of the Geosciences Division headed by division chief Ms. Mae Y. Magarzo during the MGB VI seminar on November 29, 2022.
Ms. Magarzo said that the learning activity was conducted to increase the knowledge and understanding of the different field activities of the Geosciences Division. The work activities under the Geological Risk Reduction and Resiliency Program were presented by the geologists heading the team, namely: Quadrangle Geologic Mapping by Dr. Leilanie O. Suerte, Supervising Geologist; Vulnerability and Risk Assessment by Adrian Nichol L. Lizada, Senior Geologist; Groundwater Resource Mapping and Assessment by Myron Gerard Y. De Guzman, Supervising Geologist; Karst Subsidence Hazard Mapping and Assessment by Laila Grace Indico, Geologist II; Coastal Hazard Mapping and Assessment by Adeline Grace Torreda, Supervising Geologist, and Mineral Reservation Program by Shimpei A. Francisco, Geologist II.
The DENR-MGB Geological Risk Reduction and Resiliency Program aims to provide communities with information on geologic hazards specifically rain-induced landslides, karst subsidence, and coastal hazards, as well as provide critical data on groundwater resources and other geologic data needed for resource and land use mapping. The data generated from the program is a resource and contributes to the national and local disaster risk reduction and management program of the government.
MGB VI Regional Director Raul A. Laput said that while we are mandated to educate and provide information to our external stakeholders, particularly the local government, we also need to capacitate our personnel on our agency’s programs and activities to develop a greater appreciation of what we do, as well as become a source of accurate information.
During the same activity, MGB VI personnel viewed a video presentation on gender and disaster tackling the gender perspective on disaster positing women are more vulnerable in the face of disasters, hence, gender statistics is a crucial element when crafting DRRM policies and programs. Ms. Mae Magarzo, GAD focal person highlighted the importance of obtaining sex-disaggregated data during the conduct of field assessment and mapping activities in communities. (MGB VI, DENR)