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Two (2) employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII attended training on web migration and development using Joomla 3.4.8 content management system (CMS) at Icon Hotel, Timog, Quezon City on May 24-27, 2016.

They were trained on the content, structure and design of the government website following the Philippine Uniform Website Content Policy (UWCP). Furthermore, installation, configuration and secure administration of the web was taught. Mr. Gregorio E. Iyo, Jr., an accredited trainer of the Department of Science and Technology-Information Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) and presently the Information Systems Analyst II of the Department of Energy is the resource speaker for the entire duration of the training. 

A flaming ground reportedly happened near an abandoned warehouse at Purok 6, Brgy. Poblacion, Maasim, Sarangani. Residents, local leaders and the nearby communities were alarmed when fire suddenly broke out when the site was thrown an object. Some curious residents would force a stick and a flame would appear on the ground. Water was even sprayed but the flame would still appear. The most serious incident was when a senior citizen got his feet and hands burned when he stepped to collect wood in the area. This strange happening brought some of the residents to contemplate that a volcano was existing underneath while others theorized that it may be the cause of the El Nińo phenomenon where most of the Southern and Central Mindanao are experiencing. 

These incidents were circulated over the social media. The regional director of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region XII Constancio A. Paye, Jr. immediately dispatched geologist Melvin C. Sebua to investigate the site. Sebua together with the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer of Sarangani Province and the barangay chairman conducted an ocular inspection to determine the cause or source of the flame. TV Patrol Soccsksargen, a local broadcast media outfit of ABS-CBN joined to cover the investigation.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII conducted capability training on ArcGIS mapping using Global Positioning System (GPS) to the local Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) of Lake Sebu, South Cotabato.

Senior Geologist Ariel Austin A. Acosta taught the DRRM staff on the basics on ArcGIS and use of GPS which was held at Sunrise Resort, Brgy. Lake Seloton, Lake Sebu, South Cotabato on May 16, 2016.

ArcGIS is a mapping software used to process all collected data points from the field in order to produce base and working maps. It is user friendly and can interface with other mapping features.

GPS on the other hand, is considered highly reliable navigation system to determine a location on the Earth’s surface, irrespective of weather conditions. It is used among others in geofencing, geotagging, disaster relief/emergency services and navigation.

Based on the result of MGB XII’s landslide hazard assessment (MGB XII, 2015), large area of  Lake Sebu is highly prone to landslide due to its mountainous terrain.

With ArcGIS, the local DRRM of Lake Sebu would enable to map the way points or coordinates in their response to natural calamities and human induced disasters and to ensure quick response during, before and after disasters.

Eight women from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Region XII join Women’s Congress at Tropicana Beach Resort, Brgy. Tambler, General Santos City hosted by the Provincial Government of South Cotabato on March 17-18, 2016.

Annabelle B. Gonzales, Mary Ann C. Tenorio, Marilyn D. Dicierto, Norjanah S. Solaiman, Tess A. Macabuat, Dimple T. Macagba, Louise Marie D. Dacut and Brenda D. Duplito took part of the event that was attended by more than five hundred women throughout the province.