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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII installed one landslide warning signage in Barangay Noa and Barangay Bagumbayan in Magpet, Province of Cotabato on May 11-12, 2021.

The signage, “BABALA: ANG LUGAR NA ITO AY DELIKADO SA LANDSLIDE,” is located along the national highway along the boundaries of the said barangays. The area is one of the identified areas as landslide prone that can be triggered by both earthquake and strong rainfall.

Based on PAGASA’s 24 Hour Weather Forecast issued at 4:00AM of May 18, 2021, Davao Region, SOCCSKSARGEN, BARMM and Zamboanga Peninsula will have cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms . This may bring rains in the region that may trigger landslides in elevated and mountainous areas, while flood may be experienced within low-lying areas adjacent to rivers. Flash flood is also possible along narrow creeks and rivers. Coastal municipalities and barangays in the region may experience surges brought by strong winds which are potential to generate flooding in these areas.

This Office encourages the Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Offices (LDRRMOs) in the region to refer to the MGB-XII geohazard maps and information in identifying safe areas for evacuation and appropriate evacuation routes. Utilization of these maps and data to properly inform residents living in geologically hazardous areas to take precautionary measures is highly encouraged.

If you need more information and assistance on this matter, please feel free to contact us through our telephone numbers (083) 228-6130 or 228-6131.

In celebration of Earth Month, a Coastal Clean-Up and Mangrove Tree planting was initiated by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII joined by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Barangay Tinoto, Maasim, Sarangani on April 26, 2021.

A total of 15 sacks of garbage were accumulated during the coastal clean-up. Ocean trash picked up along the coastline area included biodegradable, non-biodegradable and residual wastes. Most of the materials recovered were diapers, PET bottles, rubber, metals, worn-out clothes and wires.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau XII conducted a 1-day training for registered small scale safety inspectors on April 16, 2021 in Barangay Poblacion, T’Boli, South Cotabato.

The training was coordinated with Desawo Integrated Small Scale Miners Association, Inc. (DISSMAI), Maguan Clan Small-Scale Miners Association, Inc. (MCSSMAI), and T’boli Minahang Bayan Multi-Purpose Cooperative (TMBMPC). A total of 19 registered safety inspectors attended the activity. It aimed to provide technical assistance to safety inspectors and equip them with knowledge on safety and health in the workplace.

Engr. Roger M. Tamayo, OIC-Chief Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division (MSESDD), discussed the topic on accident investigation. He intricately led the safety inspectors on the procedures in conducting an investigation. Engr. Tamayo also introduced and explained the root cause analysis that may help them understand the root of the problem.

In line with its thrust and commitment to environmental sustainability and climate change advocacy, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII launched activities in celebration of the 2021 Earth Month.

A tutorial video on Bamboo Propagation was released through MGB XII social media on April 22, 2021 as part of the Earth Day Celebration with the theme “Restore the Earth.” Engr. Abdulhamid Ali of the Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division explained the steps in planting a Rhizome, Culm, Branches, the vegetative method in Bamboo Propagation. Bamboo helps in mitigating effects of climate change.