(Iloilo City) –The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office VI (MGB VI) held a year-end review of its work targets and accomplishments via a virtual meeting platform Zoom on December 14, 2020.
MGB VI Planning Officer Ms. Pauline Marie C. Jordan presented the accomplishments as against the work targets of the office for the year 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected the conduct of work, considering that most of the MGB’s work programs involve field activities that needed to be conducted with the utmost care, and compliance to the national government’s safety and health protocols and the local government unit’s specific protocols. The conduct of field activities in line with geohazard mapping such as vulnerability risk assessment, quadrangle mapping, coastal hazard assessment, and groundwater resource assessment, among others, and inspections and validation of the permit holders’ implementation of their work, safety, health, environmental and social development programs had to be adjusted. Most of the conferences, meetings and consultations were done virtually as well.
The year-end review directed the MGB VI personnel to look into the necessary adjustments and adaptations because of the community quarantines that limit the mobility of people. Ensuring the safety and protection of MGB VI employees against COVID-19 was a priority. Ms. Jordan said that while all these adjustments had to be done because of this year’s unprecedented situation, the effort of everyone to accomplish the work targets is commendable.
OIC-ORD Laput thanked each personnel for their contribution and cooperation in the accomplishment of work targets and observance of the Office safety and health protocols due to the pandemic. He said that the year 2020 has brought about changes in the way we do our work, such as maximizing virtual modes of communication. The year indeed was full of challenges, but OIC-ORD Laput said, “we can only be grateful for all that the work that was accomplished, and we look forward to improving our accomplishments next year. May we all continue working together and regain our spot as a top-performing regional office.” (MGBVI, DENR)