The increase of our own understanding and affirmation of the existence of natural hazards in our surroundings is a sizable pace towards disaster resilience. As we commemorate this National Disaster Resilience Month this July, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-IX, through the Geosciences Division, shares its contribuition of conscientious efforts to ensure that the implementation of the Geohazard Assessments for Disaster Affected Areas is sharpening and marking greater measures through government programs that align in building back better and resilient communities.

Studies have shown that flood events have high impacts in the Zamboanga Peninsula, as cities and municipalities commune with most of the major river systems. To illustrate, the Sibuguey River is a major river system that amasses the runoffs within the Sibuguey Valley basin having large sustaining tributaries. And among the several municipalities situated within the basin, the frequent casualty is the Municipality of Imelda which is located on the lower end, being the sink or outlet of all floodwaters.