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MGB IX Observes National Disaster Consciousness Month 2015

The month of July is not just Nutrition Month celebration for our primary and secondary schools because one of the significant observances during this month is the National Disaster Consciousness by virtue of Executive Order No. 137, signed in August 1999 by then President Joseph Estrada.

This year’s theme, ‘Pamilya at Pamayanang Handa, Katuwang sa Pag-unlad ng Bansa’ was very timely as we are all enjoined to be ready in times of disasters beginning from our own respective families at home.      

jessie.daryl Signifying support and involvement to this month-long  observance,    the   Mines and  Geosciences Bureau IX (MGB IX)    have     initiated     and    participated   in    different     activities    particularly        on         the     Information,      Education      and Communication    (IEC)   campaign.   Last   July   8,   2015,   Ms.  Daryl   Mae  M.  Gerodiaz,  of  the Geosciences  Division gave a lecture on Geologic/Hazards Maps to twelve (12) school districts (barangays)    representatives   of   Zamboanga  City during the   one  (1) day  Disaster  Risk     Reduction  Management (DRRM)    Orientation  Seminar  organized  by the  Office of Civil Defense (OCD IX)  held at the  Subanen Hall, Garden Orchid Hotel, this City.    The   participants  include  focal  persons   from   several elementary and high school teachers in Zamboanga whose  schools  are  located in hazard prone areas.   Ms. Gerodiaz presented the    local  hazards  as  well  as the  mandate and   current  programs  of the bureau.   Other  government agencies like   PAGASA, PHILVOCS   were    also   invited  to  give  lecture  during  the  said event.  Posters  and pamphlets were likewise distributed to the  participants.                     

Ms. Gerodiaz also presented the same lecture to DRRM focal persons/teachers of Dapitan City during the four (4) day Regional Contingency Plan Formulation Workshop last July 13 to 16, 2015 at the Dakak Park & Beach Resort, Dapitan City. Joining her in this activity was MGB IX DRRM Focal person/representative Ms. Jessica Avecilla-Delos Reyes who disseminated landslide and flood posters, pamphlets and soft copies to the participants to augment MGB's intensive Information Education Campaign (IEC) on geohazards awareness.

  The month-long  series  of DRRM Orientation Seminars  for  teachers was  culminated  with the same lecture by Senior Geologist Mr. Mustansir V. Manjoorsa last July 31, 2015 held at the Mardale Hotel in Pagadian City.