In line with the celebration of National Disaster Resilience Month, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII facilitated an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) on Geohazards to members of the Information Coordinating Network in Region XII on July 28, 2022, in MGB XII Conference Room, Koronadal City.

ICON XII is a group of public information officers of the National Government Agencies (NGAS) including those from police and intelligence community, the civil military officers, Local Government Units (LGUs) and key private sectors and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) supporting the government.

The said activity is aimed to strengthen information dissemination and awareness of NGAs public communicators to geohazards such as landslide and floods. It intensified their understanding on disseminating information of the Bureau’s Geohazard Mapping activities that include Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Geohazard Mapping, Ground Subsidence, and Coastal Geohazard assessments.

Eduardo S. Tan, former Chief Geologist of MGB XII Geosciences Division, served as a resource speaker together with MGB XII embedded geologist Anna Marie B. Omandac. The topics discussed include Identifying Geohazards, Understanding Geologic Hazards, Geohazards in Region XII and Rain induced Landslide and Flooding Susceptibility Maps       in the Philippines.  

Mr. Tan emphasized the use of Geohazard Maps in preparing Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP). He further explained the importance of geohazard maps for disaster preparedness and management planning. As per request of ICON XII members, MGB XII will distribute Geohazard Maps and Groundwater Vulnerability Maps in their respective offices.

Furthermore, some media from the radio broadcasting industry in Koronadal City attended the IEC on Geohazards.

MGB XII will continuously conduct intensified IEC campaigns to various stakeholders for the prevention and mitigation of rain-induced landslides, floods, and karst subsidence as part of the Bureaus’ priority program included in DENR-MGB National Geohazard Assessment and Mapping program (NGAMP).

ICON XII member and the media attended MGB XII’s IEC on Geohazards.
Mr. Tan explained on how to determine using the geohazard map the high risk and low risk hazard areas to the participants.