Prepared by: Nilo Lemuel J. Dolojan September 26, 2016
The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region IV-A (CALABARZON) conducted a series of Information Education Campaign/ Workshop on Geohazards for the municipalities of Balayan, Calatagan, Lian, Malvar, Nasugbu, Rosario, San Juan, San Luis, Sto. Tomas, Taal, Tanauan, and Tuy this September 2016.
The main thrust of the IEC is to enable local public officials to recognize the potential disaster prone areas and familiarize themselves with existing dangers within their jurisdiction. In line with this, MGB IV-A invited municipal and barangay officials to participate in the seminar.
Technical personnel from the Geosciences Division (GSD) presented lectures on Rain-Induced Landslide, Flooding, and Coastal geohazards and stressed on the importance of awareness, adaptation, and prevention of these natural hazards. The participants were taught basic map reading and interpretation of geohazard susceptibility maps. The susceptibility maps are useful in identifying vulnerable areas which significantly aid in planning of land development/ infrastructure projects, as well as the relocation of communities in high risk areas.
Supervising Geologist Mr. Romali Umali lecturing on basic map reading and interpretation of a Geohazard Susceptibility Map
Later in the workshop, the participants were given maps for their practical map reading session where they were asked to report on the possible hazards and counter-measures found in their respective areas. The participants were engaged and receptive as they raised a number of questions on various topics during the question and answer forum. Likewise, distribution of geohazard maps to almost all barangay and municipal officials was done towards the end of the seminar.
Left: Geologists Ma. Faye Velasco and Nilo Lemuel Dolojan, assisting barangay officials during their map reading workshop. Right: Barangay official asking Senior Geologist Maria Celi Kennedy, during the question and answer forum.
The Local Government Units expressed their gratitude to MGB IV-A for informing them on the results of geohazard assessment conducted in their area and helping them understand these geological hazards. They also enjoined their fellow public servants in the barangays to help in the dissemination and application of the information for the safety of the general public.