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In observance of the 2020 National Disaster Resilience Month, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII conducted a Webinar on MGB Programs and Activities Toward Disaster- Resilient Communities on July 30, 2020 via Zoom application.

“We have to understand that there are geohazards and threats” MGB XII Regional Director Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr. said during his opening message. He reiterated the importance of knowing what geohazards are and their impact to the community. “In understanding geohazards, we will be able to determine how to cope and adjust to what is happening around us” he added.

 MGB XII Geologists Princess Danielle B. Matas and Leah Mae Marie H. Gegare served as the resource speakers of the webinar. The activity aimed to increase the understanding on the link of environment and natural resources to disaster risks and the importance of the MGB mandate to the local communities.

Senior Geologist Gegare comprehensively discussed Rain-induced Landslide and Flood Hazards, Karst Subsidence Hazards, Coastal Geohazards and Ground Resource and Vulnerability Assessment while Supervising Geologist Matas presented the contributions of MGB XII to Disaster Risk Reduction and Management that include Geohazard Mapping and Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Coastal Geohazard Assessment and Mapping, Karst Subsidence Hazard Assessment, Ground Water Resource and Vulnerability Assessment.

A total of seventy-eight (78) participants joined the webinar from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources XII, Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Offices (PENROs), Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs), National Government Agencies in Region XII, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from the Provincial, Municipal and City level, students and other stakeholders outside Region XII.

Online Participants pose for a photo-ops after the MGB XII webinar.