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In the effort to strengthen the Filipino people’s awareness and preparation to naturally-occurring hazards or the so called geologic hazards, the intensive Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign for Geohazards and Orientation on the 1:10,000 Landslide/Flood Susceptibility Maps is continuously being facilitated by Mines and Geosciences Bureau IX (MGB IX). For the past two (2) years, the subject focusing on climate change adaptation and mitigation is prioritized. The undertaking, which is mainly for the marginalized people of the community, is one of the target activities of MGB in connection with the Geohazard Assessment and Mapping Program and Vulnerability and Risk Assessment under the 3-Year Intensive IEC Campaign which started last 2015.

 

The Bureau, through the Geosciences Division, is set to complete the IEC Campaign for 1:10,000 Geohazard Maps this year, providing lectures to all 1,904 barangays in Zamboanga Peninsula. The Gender and Development (GAD) aspect is highly regarded in the IEC Campaign through the invitation letters addressed to the Mayors and in coordination with the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers (LDRRMOs) of every city/municipality. Participants, who are mostly barangay officials and/or women’s group representatives, BDRRMCs, as well as department heads of LGUs, PNPs, BFPs, and school teachers, were the recipient of the lecture with topics including Landslide, Flooding, Coastal Hazards and Ground Subsidence hazard. The aforementioned topics aim to educate people on the characteristics of each hazard and identify which amongst are applicable to their specific barangays and environment in a lecture entitled “Living With Geohazards in Region IX” with a theme, “Understanding Geohazard Maps”. On the latter part of every lecture, the geohazards map including its components, implications and usage are explained thoroughly. A forum or discussion wherein queries by the participants are entertained is encouraged by the lecturers. The roles of the city/municipal and barangay officials as well as the rest of the community were essential to the discussions. IEC materials composed of VCDs ( with digital copy of maps, reports, videos and other references), printed maps and posters are distributed to every barangay by the MGB team.

No less than 1,600 barangays in the region have already received series of lectures from the MGB Team since the kick-off of this campaign on 2015 and progressively last year. For this year, the campaign started with the Municipalities of Siocon, Baliguian and Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte last February while the Municipalities of Olutanga, Mabuhay and Talusan in Zamboanga Sibugay as well the Municipalities of Midsalip and San Pablo in Zamboanga del Sur were visited on March and April. The last leg of the IEC Campaign this year included lectures for the Municipality of Roseller T. Lim, Zamboanga Sibugay and Municipalities of Sirawai and Labason in Zamboanga del Norte which concluded on the second week of May 2017.

The IEC Campaign for Geohazards of MGB – IX is expected to continue in CY 2018 giving more emphasis on the studies for Vulnerability and Risk Assessment.