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     As a response to the call of being pro-active in times of disasters or calamities, both man-made and natural, the creation of the Technical Working Group (TWG) composing the MGB-IX Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Team was created, with Ms. Jessica N. Lucero, Chief Geologist as the Team Leader.

    Last June 13, 2018, the Office of the Civil Defense was invited to conduct a lecture on DRRM and as an output, a DRRM plan was laid out for the Office. Afterwhich a earthquake was also simulated so that MGB-IX employees will be equip and ready to respond appropriately in times of possible earthquake. 

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    High blood pressure or known as hypertension is a major risk factor of many cardiovascular and kidney diseases. If left uncontrolled and unmanaged, this may lead to stroke. To provide MGB-IX personnel with the right information on hypertension awareness and prevention, the Senior Citizen/Persons with Diasability/Youth focal person in partnership with the MGBEA Chapter Executive Board and RGAD-TWG initiated the hypertension awareness and prevention lecture and free blood pressure screening last May 25, 2018. 

   Dr. Melanie Susalo-Tahil, Health Officer of Labuan Community Hospital gave a lecture on hypertension awareness and prevention. She also gave free medical consultation to MGB-IX employees.  On the otherhand, volunteers from the Southwestern Action for Emergencies conducted BP screening among participants.

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     In view of the strengthening and institutionalization of Hotline #8888, designated focal persons for the citizen’s complaint hotline coming from the regional offices of MGB, EMB and the DENR underwent a 3-day Seminar-Workshop on ITAPS, SWEEPS and Disclosure of Public Information. The workshop aimed to capacitate Hotline #8888 designate with appropriate rules and regulations in the government service and equip them with legal bases for the implementation of the hotline.

   Information Officers Emma Deverala, Aldiana Flores and Winnielyn Cariazo, as the Hotline focal persons for MGB, EMB and DENR regional offices IX respectively, have actively participated during the discussions and workshops facilitated by the resource persons from the Office of the Ombudsman.