By  SOCORRO A. HERNANDEZ          MAY 4,  2015

  aabThe Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) CALABARZON recently concluded a 5-day, province-wide Information and Education Communication (IEC) Campaign on Geohazard for the different municipalities in Rizal Province. This was conducted from March 4, 5, 11, 12 and 18, 2015. The objectives of the activity is to disseminate and inform all local government officials down to the barangay level, the results of the geohazard (rain-induced landslide and flooding) assessment conducted in the province, increase the level of understanding to natural hazards and capacitate the local officials in preparing for and respond to disasters and consequently build a disaster risk resilient community/s.

The event will help the local government officials, barangay captains and staff municipal planning and engineering officers and disaster and emergency responders of the Province of Rizal to develop and improve awareness of areas most susceptible to geohazard mishaps therefore enabling them to devise or formulate disaster risk reduction management plans and conform it to their land use plan. These schemes would lessen the vulnerability of a community and build resiliency to natural hazards.

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The thirteen (13) municipalities and one (1) city of the Province of Rizal was represented during the seminar/ workshop which was divided into five (5) clusters, depending on their proximity with each other and the resemblances of the hazards present within the municipalities/cities.

These were distributed over a five (5) day phase, with each group undertaking the similar set of presentations/activities. A total of 932 participants registered for the seminar-workshop with  672 male  and 260 female partakers.

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The seminar-workshop started with the background information regarding the National Geohazard Mapping and Assessment conducted nationwide by MGB, followed by map appreciation, basic lecture on geological hazards, scientific analysis /presentation on the hazards observed and followed by a workshop.

Furthermore, to confirm that the attendees understood the topics, they were split into groups for workshop activities and were asked to identify in their areas the dangers, the degree of hazard susceptibility, and the strategic actions to mitigate the probable negative impacts of hazards. Group Work and Group Output Reporting were the activities applied to express the essential messages of the IEC campaign.

aadThe knowledge gain from the workshop would help the LGUs formulate and incorporate Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) actions in their respective barangays.

Provincial Administrator Atty. Jorge Bernardo (lower left photo) delivered the welcome address in behalf of Governor Rebecca Ynares while Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Loel Malonzo (Lower right photo) gave the closing remarks.

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