Photo credits: Michael Magallanes Oral (Personal Assistant of Mayor Silva) via his Facebook Account

By: Ollyn Rey T. Balignot, Senior Geologist

A Low-Pressure Area (LPA) observed on March 31, 2021 that brought scattered rains throughout Zamboanga Peninsula had reportedly caused the overflowing of Sibuguey River affecting the Municipality of Imelda the most.  The heavy rainfall was also felt by the neighboring Municipalities of Imelda, Zamboanga Sibugay, specifically the Municipalities of Diplahan, Zamboanga Sibugay and Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur, where the headwaters of the Sibuguey River emanate, caused the river to overflow affecting low-lying areas of the Municipality of Imelda, particularly along the floodplains of Barangays Balugo, Gandiangan, La Victoria, Lumpanac, Lumbog, San Jose, and Sta. Barbara.


      The 2nd Quarter Regular Meeting of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC-IX) Committee on Disaster Preparedness was participated in by MGB IX and other offices/agencies via Zoom virtual meeting last June 30, 2020. This meeting was spearheaded by DILG Region IX and where attended by different member agencies.

  MGB-IX representative, El-Jedidiah O. Villacampa, Supervising Geologist of the Geosciences Division (GSD), gave updates re the activities being conducted by the GSD such as its active involvement in closely checking weather forecasts as well as closely monitoring PAGASA’s official announcement during onset of the rainy season. He added that MGB-IX maintains and activates its Geohazard Operation Center 9 (Geo-OpCen 9) especially during impending extreme weather disturbance based on PAGASA’s Weather Forecast. Consequently, geohazard advisories are being furnished to LGUs specifically to areas identified as highly susceptible to flood and rain-induced landslide. He further added that as part of MGB's effort to strengthen the capacity of communities and LGUs to improve resiliency in disaster risk reduction and response in the Region, MGB-IX has been conducting Information Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign to assist and guide LGUs on how to maximize the use of the geohazard maps.  But with the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic, safety protocol mesureas are being inplaced adapting to the "New Normal" in conducting the said activity.


GSD Major field programs of the Geosciences Division (GD) commenced in February 2020 with the Coastal Geohazard Assessment in the Municipalities of Katipunan and Roxas in Zamboanga del Norte. This is for now the only major program that has been accomplished within the quarter prior to the temporary cessation of all field activities of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region IX (MGB, R-IX) due to the heightened alert status as regards to the Covid-19 pandemic and the Enhanced Community Quarantine implemented within the provinces and cities of Zamboanga Peninsula.