Pic 1: Mr. Loberiza conducting lecture to the volunteer-employees. Pic.2: Simulation exercise.

Twenty volunteer employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII underwent training on Standard First Aid conducted by Red Cross on May 15-19, 2017 at MGB XII Conference Room, Koronadal City. The purpose is to equip the employees of the techniques on first aid treatment, proper handling of casualties and application of CPR in event emergencies or calamities occur. Instructor of the Philippine Red Cross Safety Services of South Cotabato Chapter Joseph Christian Loberiza, RN, EMT and Red Cross focal person Omar S. Usop were the lecturers of the 4-day training.

MGB XII employees from division chief down to contractuals composed of Lilia Acosta, Benedict Ekwey, Rolando Mendoza, Maimona Mamao, Sambrawi Pangcoga, Arturo Rotaquio, Jr., John Mikel Ansao, Marilyn Dicierto, Mary Ann Tenorio, Ermelyn Jane Celindro, Norjanah Solaiman, Arnelle John Daarol, Antonio Calungsod, Dimple Macagba, Debbie Diane Daguro, Fyza Mae Vinson, Louis Marie Dacut, Edz-Rahmyn Lucas, Kenneth Umayan and Arnold Montañez joined as volunteers and successfully applied the rescue treatment and techniques during the simulation exercises.

As part of the continuous effort to attain a wider reach of audience in the dissemination of information on mining and geohazard in the region, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII activated its radio program at DXKI, Koronadal City.

The radio program entitled “Gabay sa Pagmimina” highlights the laws, policies and programs implemented by the bureau. Likewise, news about mining in the region will be aired in the program. It also encurages the listeners to send queries on mining and geohazard related issues and concerns in their area or in other areas via the hotline number provided by the office.

The initial program of MGB XII was undertaken on March 7 with regional director Constancio A. Paye, Jr. and the division chiefs as guests. As initial offering, the bureau’s mandate and the services provided to the public were tackled in the program.

The radio program’s overall goal is to provide the public with correct and accurate information and to impart deeper understanding on what mining really is and the processes and laws being implemented by the bureau. The program is airing every Tuesday at 4 to 4:30 in the afternoon at DXKI at 1062 kHz. 

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII distributed the updated geohazard maps in Tupi, South Cotabato on February 28. Ariel Austin A. Acosta, senior geologist and team leader assigned to conduct vulnerability risk assessment (VRA) in the area spearheded the distribution to the officials and representatives of 15 barangays and local Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office during the exit conference held at the Conference Hall of the municipality.

Acosta and his team members composed of Tristan dela Cruz and Luther Dalura took the  opportunity to explain to the local officials the puroks and sitios found to be exposed to flooding and landslide. It pointed and stressed the findings and observations on the population, roads and built-up areas exposed to low, moderate and high risk to flooding and landslide.

The documentation of the team started on February 20 and ended February 28. Historical data of flooding and landslide were taken with the current observations on areas of active landslide, rock fall prone, riverbank erosion, areas susceptible to ground subsidence and updates of currents, trails, roads and drains of the area. All the findings and observations were incorporated in a map with a scale of 1:10,000 delineating areas considered as very high, high, moderate and low susceptibility. Similarly, exposure maps showing population, roads and built-up areas at risk to landslide and flood hazards was also produced. Recommendations to address the risk was also emphasized for information of the local officials such as establishment of buffer zones or setbacks and clearing of drainage canal among others.

Mr. Emil T. Sumagaysay, the local DRRM officer expressed his thanks to RD Constancio A. Paye, Jr. for giving priority to their area and to the team for facilitating the immediate production of the geohazard maps. The updated map will surely help in their planning of mitigation and contingency measures to reduce geohazard in Tupi, he told.

Meanwhile, VRA exit conference was also conducted on the same day in Tampakan, South Cotabato with supervising geologist Melvin Sebua leading the discussion. Local officials of Tampakan such as barangay chairmen and members of their respective councils, MENRO, muncipal officials and DRRM representatives attended the conference.

MENRO Tampakan Eileen Estrada similarly expressed her support and gratefulness on the effort of the office in the continuous updating of geohazard maps of Tampakan, South Cotabato.

mgb 12 iso cert

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII is now an ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System on all of its processes covering Geoscience, Mine Management, Mine Safety Environment and Social Development and Finance and Administrative Divisions. AJA Registrars, a certifying body issued the certificate and registered the office on QMS ISO 9001:2015 on January 30, 2017.

As an ISO, MGB XII aimed at compliance on all legal requirements, continuous improvement on all the system and provide consistent and good quality services for the satisfaction of customers.

Regional Director Constancio A. Paye, Jr. always emphasized that when service quality is improved, customers tend to be more satisfied, resulting in fewer complaints, favorable customer comments, customer satisfaction and better organization image.

MGB XII is the first regional office of the MGB to be ISO 9001:2015 certified and next to Central Office ISO 9001:2008. 

Thirteen (13) personnel of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII underwent training on the use of self-rescuer conducted by Mr. Ryan Adao of ULTRA-SEER Inc. at the Conference Room of MGB XII Building at Prime Regional Center, Carpenter Hill, Koronadal City on January 31, 2017. This is part of the rescue and protection program of the region especially to employees who will undertake monitoring on safety and health activities of the underground mine.

Mr. Adao taught on the usage of the equipment during emergencies such as fire, explosion or gas inundations in which the ambient atmosphere becomes toxic. The training also consisted of a short demonstration on the instruction, care and maintenance of the self-rescuer.

The region has been regularly conducting monitoring on the safety standards in a mining area to ensure provision of a safe working environment for all that are involved and ensure that the mines comply with the acceptable safety work practices.