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The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII conducted Karst Subsidence Hazard Assessment and Mapping on June 21 to July 10, 2021 in the municipality of Alabel, Province of Sarangani.

MGB XII Supervising Geologist Ariel Austin A. Acosta presented the initial results of the Karst Subsidence Hazard Assessment and Mapping during the joint Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee (MDRRMC) and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) meeting in Alabel, Sarangani on July 12, 2021.

Mr. Acosta reiterated, that based on the initial reports presented the Assessment Team validated sink depths that are mostly active and inactive landslides and tension cracks. MGB XII prompts the Local Government Unit of Alabel to propose at least three (3) relocation sites for the areas recommended for a relocation.

With “Sama-Samang Pagkilos, Sama-Samang Paghilom, Ikaw, Ako, Tayo ang Kalikasan” as the theme for this year, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau XII scheduled several activities in celebration of June as Philippine Environment Month. Virtual Turo, one of the premier activities, is an online video production that aims to widen the understanding of the community on various relevant topics like disaster mitigation and climate change. MGB XII personnel focused discussions on landslide and flooding, climate change and phases of mining. This activity is intended to support students who are using digital platforms in learning.

Officials and employees of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau XII voluntarily raised funds and donated clothing to extend assistance for the displaced families in Tantangan and Norala, South Cotabato.

Communities in low-lying areas near major rivers in Tantangan and Norala were swept with heavy rains and floodwaters. The disaster left more than 300 families in evacuation centers.

On June 19, 2021, MGB XII donated basic commodities that include kitchen utensils, canned goods, noodles, comforters, and unused clothing. Prior to the distribution, MGB XII coordinated with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) to assess the needs of the families affected.

A Coastal Vulnerability Assessment and Mapping was conducted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) XII Geohazard and Engineering Geology Section (GhEGS) in Kalamansig and Lebak, Province of Cotabato.

The assessment included the use of the Coastal Integrity Vulnerability Assessment Tool (CIVAT), shoreline mapping and documentation of shoreline characteristics, beach profiling and sediment sampling.