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.



         Information Officer, Emma Deverala also conducted an IEC lecture on Responsible Mining and Geohazard Awareness to selected High School students of Boniao National High School and Mahayag Vocational High School in the Municipality of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur last July 14 and 15, respectively. Mr. Roserverico Tan, OIC of the Regional Public Affairs Office of DENR-IX also served as a resource person on Climate Change and Global Warming in the same IEC activity.     


              To   educate  and   capacitate  MGB - IX   employees   about rain- induced    and     earthquake - caused     hazards'    awareness      and   preparedness,    the   Finance  and Administrative   Division  in   partnership  with the   MGBEA - IX  Chapter, MGB - IX Employee’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the GAD Focal Point   System   organized   a    one - day    Capability    Building    on   Disaster  Preparedness  at  the  La Vista  del  Mar, Zamboanga  City. Former Geosciences Division Chief, Ms. Vheina Quintana served as the resource person for the said event. Updates and orientation on the Constitution and By-Laws of the MGBEA and  Guidelines  on the  Establishment  of  the  GAD  Focal   Point  System were also  briefly discussed  to  the  members.    Towards   the  end  of the day,  team-building  activities were incorporated to forge unity,  cooperation  and  support amongst the employee                                 

     Meanwhile, Supervising Geologist Lawrence R. Zamoras, Phd. represented    MGB   IX  as part  of the  DENR  Team for  the  Turtle  Island Ecotourism Project in the Province of Tawi-Tawi last July 22 to 27, 2015,  to specifically  conduct  site  assessment  to determine the  geohazards on the proposed construction of an eight-room hotel with restaurant and cottages   plus a power  house.  Other  groups  composed of  representatives coming from  different  government,  non-government   agencies  and  the  private     sector     also      joined    the   Team   to   the    said    Ecotourism      Project.