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MGB-IX convened for a three-day seminar workshop on QMS PLanning with Risk-Based Thinking Approach, as part of the on-going ISO 9001:2015 journey spearheaded by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).  OIC MMD Chief, Engr. Raul Calumpang gave the welcome remarks during the first day to set tone for the workshop, citing examples of personal experiences in dealing with clients satisfaction and the relevance of the workshop to the organization.

In relation to the month-long observance of the National Disaster Resilience Month and in accordance with the approved 2017 Gender and Development (GAD) Plan and Budget of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-IX, the Committee on GAD Information, Education and Communication (IEC) recently conducted a half-day IEC activity on geologic hazards awareness and preparedness in the Municipality of Mahayag, Zamboanga del Sur last July 31, 2017.

Women barangay health workers and other women organizations lead the participants with LGU representatives from the barangays and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Council of LGU-Mahayag.

Supervising Geologist Dr. Lawrence Zamoras, PhD., Senior Science Research Specialist Virna Baguio and Atty. Lily Ann Lego were among the speakers who ably discussed about the different geologic hazards, MGB programs and projects and mining-related laws and policies, respectively. Information Officer Emma Deverala facilitated the activity and was assisted by Ms. Bella Manaay, MGB-IX’s Planning Officer.

This fruitful half-day activity was closely coordinated and was assisted with the Municipal Mayor of Mahayag, Hon. Lorna E. Espina, through the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office.

The MGB-IX have recently transferred to its new Office building located at the former DENR-IX Regional Office in Pasonanca Park, Pasonanca Zamboanga City.  With this new milestone of MGB-IX's history, a celebration of the Holy Eucharist and blessing of the renovated building officiated by Rev. Fr. Marsh Villagracia, was held on July 7, 2017, graced by guests from the MGB Central Office, Ms. Edna Lorilla, Administrative Division Chief and her staff, Mr. Noe Galido, DENR-IX Regional Director Felix S. Mirasol Jr., EMB-IX Regional Director, Edgardo S. Callanta, CENRO of Zamboanga City Pilarito B. Montebon and our City Vice-Mayor, Hon. Cesar Iturralde, reprenting our City Mayor of Zamboanga.