As part of the continuing activities under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Program of the Office of the Civil Defense – Regional Office IX (OCD-IX) and in accordance to “All of Society Inclusive Approach in DRRM, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau – Regional Office IX (MGB-IX) participated in the 2-Day Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Training for Indigenous Peoples (IPs)/NCIP in Zamboanga City at Lantaka Hotel by the Sea on September 7-8, 2017.

            The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples - Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representatives (NCIP-IPMRs), as well as the Chieftains and Leaders of various indigenous tribes in about fifty (50) coastal barangays in Zamboanga City were the targeted sector for this leg of inclusive approach of the DRRM Training. “The training aims to encourage and strengthen the capacities of vulnerable and marginalized group to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from the effects of disaster”, OCD said.

             Personnel from the Geosciences Division of MGB-IX took part in providing discourse for the participants in the first day, in a lecture entitled “Understanding Geohazard (Landslide & Flood) Susceptibility Maps and Ground Subsidence Hazard”. The lecture aimed to educate people on the characteristics of each hazard and identify which amongst are applicable to their specific environment and help them appreciate the geohazards map including its components and usage. Ms. Daryl Mae M. Gerodiaz moderately discussed the characterizations of landslide & flooding including the recommendations of MGB on how to mitigate the effects of identified hazards in their areas. The 1:50,000 and 1:10,000 scale Geohazard Maps of Zambonga City were introduced, correspondingly. In the discussion of Ground Subsidence Hazard, Chief Geologist Jessica N. Lucero provided the participants with thorough knowledge on the definition of the terminology ‘karst’, profile of a ‘karstic’ terrain, caves, sinkhole formation and its types, and causes of sinkhole collapse. The use of Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for subsurface imaging in the study of Ground Subsidence was also explained by Ms. Lucero.  At the end of the presentation, MGB’s General Recommendations for Ground Subsidence/Sinkhole Hazard were relayed to the participants. The latter eventually complemented the discussion with inquiries and comments regarding caves and sinkholes, some mentioning possible sinkhole occurrence in their barangays. Landslide & Flooding information pamphlets and VCDs containing digital copies of the Geohazards Map of Zamboanga City were also handed over.