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MGB RXIII conducts Groundwater Resource and Vulnerability Assessment

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted Groundwater Resource and Vulnerability Assessment from January to April 2017 in four (4) municipalities of Agusan del Norte and Province of Dinagat Islands.

A team of geologists, geologic aide, and laboratory technician from the MGB RXIII Geosciences Division conducted the said assessment in the following municipalities covering forty-seven (47) barangays:

Municipality                                     No. of Barangays
Las Nieves, Agusan del Norte                             20
Magallanes, Agusan del Norte                              8
Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands               10
Tubajon, Province of Dinagat Islands              9

One of the functions of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is the conduct of specialized researches and assessment of the country’s groundwater resources. The Groundwater Resource and Vulnerability Assessment Program is a major activity that the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has initiated to conduct as its contribution to the implementation of one of the provisions of the Clean Water Act (2004) stipulated in Chapter 3 Section 19-D which is to prepare and publish a national groundwater vulnerability map incorporating the prevailing standards and methodologies.

Theobjectives of the Groundwater Resource and Vulnerability Assessment Program are as follows:

  1. Assess the availability of groundwater on the various geologic formations in the entire country;
  2. Establish the quality/chemistry of groundwater in groundwater basins;
  3. Establish the potentials and limitations of available groundwater in the various groundwater basins; and
  4. Assess groundwater vulnerability of aquifers in the country.

Before conducting the said activity, the team paid a courtesy call on the Local Government Unit (LGU) – Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) and the Office of the Mayor of every municipality.

The team is tasked to make an inventory of all the water sources of every barangay during fieldwork.  Similarly, the team must geotag and document the water sources. Primary field data such as geology, geomorphology and the type of water source were gathered. The source of water could either be well type (shallow or deep), spring type, sinkhole, or river. Water samples were also collected per water source for the analysis of physical and chemical properties. The said properties were analyzed within 24 hours after the samples were collected. In addition, interviews were also conducted by the team in every barangay to gather secondary field data such as date of well construction, puroks supplied, location of the water source and other details in order for the team to note the past and present situation of the water sources.


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MGB RXIII joins the conduct of CY 2017 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII joined the conduct of the CY 2017 1st Quarter National Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) on March 31, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. The primary purpose of the earthquake drill is to test the response capacity and capability of MGB RXIII employees to earthquake incidents.

Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, MGB RXIII Geosciences Division Chief, gave a brief presentation on “How to Conduct an Earthquake Drill” that serves as a guide for employees to what should be done before, during and after an earthquake.  He also discussed the different stages in conducting the earthquake drill which include Planning/Organizing an Earthquake Drill, Developing the Earthquake Evacuation Plan, Orientation Prior to the Conduct of an Earthquake Drill and Actual Conduct of an Earthquake Drill.  Since the earthquake drill is performed quarterly every year, Mr. Dalodado reminded the employees of the established evacuation route and muster point/assembly area of the MGB RXIII Office.  A week before the earthquake drill, Mr. Dalodado gave a lecture on Earthquake and Seismic Hazards to MGB RXIII employees on March 20, 2017 in the aftermath of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that hit Surigao City and some municipalities in the Province of Surigao del Norte.

The drill started with the one-minute buzzer alarm that indicates earthquake or ground shaking.  Everyone moved away from windows, glass or light fixture and performed the duck, cover and hold under desks, tables or chairs while the siren/bell sounded. After the “shaking” has stopped, everyone evacuated the office building and proceeded to go to identified evacuation areas using pre-determined routes.  Every division has an assigned observer who is tasked to take note of how the participants performed. When everyone has already settled in the muster point, headcount was then undertaken.

MGB RXIII employees diligently performed the earthquake drill to ensure that utmost consciousness, preparedness and response to disasters are achieved.

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MGB RXIII Geologists attend 2017 National Quadrangle Geological Mapping Workshop

A team of geologists from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII attended the 2017 National Quadrangle Geological Mapping Workshop on February 5-11, 2017 at Ninong’s Hotel in East Washington, Legazpi City.

The said workshop was hosted by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V. Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, Chief Geologist; Melvin A. Mantilla, Supervising Geologist; Janeth S. Aparri, Geologist II; and Ralph Angelo B. Plaza, Geologist II of the MGB RXIII Geosciences Division participated in the workshop.

The first day was set for the deliberation, review and editing of the Geologic Quadrangle Maps of Region III. On the second day, lecturers discussed the geology of CALABARZON and Bicol Region. The lectures and workshop on quadrangle map generation and basic skills in geologic mapping were discussed on the third day and participants were given some exercises on aerial photo interpretation using the fieldwork site photos later in the afternoon. The fieldwork workshop within some areas in Albay was conducted on the fourth and fifth days.

The purpose of the workshop was to capacitate and prepare the participants for the upcoming quadrangle mapping in Bicol Region. The assigned quadrangle maps for MGB RXIII are Calolbon, Ligao, Polangui, Panganiran, and San Miguel quadrangles.


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MGB ROXIII carries on with its Groundwater Resources Assessment Program

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted the Groundwater Resources Assessment on September 13 to October 8, 2016 in the Municipalities of San Miguel, Bayabas, Cantilan and Carrascal in Surigao del Sur.

A team of geologists and geologic mappers from the Geosciences Division of MGB ROXIII was divided into two groups to conduct Groundwater Resources Assessment in all 56 barangays of the four aforementioned municipalities.

Aside from well inventory, the team surveyed every water source in each barangay. Water source can be a well or a spring. General information like geology and geomorphology of the area was noted.  Similarly, the well construction data such as well usage, well type, drilling method and pump type as well as the spring and the rock type data were taken during the survey. The team took water samples of each major water source in all barangays for pH and alkalinity test. After the survey at the end of each day, the geologists conducted the pH and alkalinity tests on all water samples taken on that same day as the water samples should be analyzed within 24 hours.

To generalize the results of the tests, the pH for water samples mostly ranged from 6.16-7.91 while the total alkalinity ranged from 50-200. Water can be determined as acidic if the pH is below 7, while the basic is above 7. Another task for the team was the distribution of the 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps to all barangays of the Municipalities of San Miguel and Bayabas in Surigao del Sur. The geologists explained the components and usage of the geohazard map to the barangay officials present during the visit of the Geoscience Division team.


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MGB ROXIII conducts Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in Esperanza and Veruela, Agusan del Sur

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII conducted the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) on September 19 to October 14, 2016 in the Municipalities of Esperanza and Veruela in the Province of Agusan del Sur.

A team of geologists and geologic mappers from the Geosciences Division of MGB ROXIII was divided into three groups to conduct the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) in all barangays of the two aforementioned municipalities.

On September 19, 2016, the team paid a courtesy call on the Local Government Unit (LGU) – Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) and the Office of the Mayor of Esperanza to inform them that the MGB ROXIII team will conduct the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment. The Barangay LGU and the MGB ROXIII team also discussed the survey schedule.

Minor problems encountered during the survey were the transportation and accessibility of roads in distant sitios. After the assessment in 47 barangays and exit conference with the MDRRMO, the team proceeded to the Municipality of Veruela on October 5, 2016 to conduct the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment. The team coordinated with the Municipal Planning and Development Coordinator and MDRRMO Designate of Veruela who assisted the team in planning the schedule of survey in each barangay. Personnel from their office volunteered to guide the team in assessing the 20 barangays. In this municipality, the LGU also cooperated well in the activity. The VRA was completed by the GSD team right on schedule.

The Vulnerability and Risk Assessment is conducted by acquiring GPS readings of the important structures in the barangay such as day care centers, barangay hall, evacuation center, schools, etc. for the purpose of identifying the elements at risk in flood-induced hazards like landslide and flood. Purok centers and purok/barangay roads were also tracked. Residents were interviewed regarding the extent of flood depth in their purok. The type of house materials and means of transportation were also noted.

During the VRA activity in Esperanza, the team also distributed Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials to all 47 barangays. The IEC materials included the 1:10,000 scale landslide and flood geohazard map, landslide/flood pamphlets and barangay demographic profile form. The geologists also explained to the barangay officials and staff the important details in the map.


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MGB ROXIII continues IEC Campaign of 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII continued its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign of the 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps and the presentation of the highlights of the Results of the 1:10K Geohazard Mapping and Assessment in the Provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Norte from July to August 2016. A total of two hundred fifteen (215) barangays, six (6) municipalities and two (2) cities were covered by the IEC Campaign on the following dates:

  1. Thirty-one (31) barangays of Cabadbaran City, ADN – July 14-15, 2016
  2. Twenty (20) barangays of Del Carmen, Siargao – August 1, 2016 Islands, SDN
  3. Twenty-nine (29) barangays of Dapa, Siargao – August 2, 2016 Islands, SDN
  4. Nineteen (19) barangays of General Luna, Siargao – August 3, 2016 Islands, SDN
  5. Fourteen (14) barangays of Socorro, SDN – August 4, 2016
  6. Forty-three (43) barangays of Bayugan City, ADN – August 11-12, 2016
  7. Twenty-seven (27) barangays of San Francisco, ADN – August 19, 2016
  8. Thirty-two (32) barangays of Prosperidad, ADS – August 20, 2016

Municipal/City Mayors, Provincial/City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers, Key Officers, Members of the Municipal/City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Barangay Captains or Representatives of the above-mentioned areas were among the participants during the IEC.

The main purpose of the IEC was to provide the Barangay LGUS with 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps and present the highlights of the Results of the 1:10K Geohazard Mapping and Assessment. Considering the increasing occurrence of natural disasters, the said IEC fostered and intensified collaborative efforts among the national and local governments and communities to ensure that utmost consciousness, preparedness and response to disasters are achieved.

iec_1Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, Geosciences Division Chief of MGB ROXIII informed the participants that MGB will not only distribute the 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps to LGUs but the Office will also conduct lectures and map reading exercises. He explained the importance of geohazard maps especially on the part of Bottoms Up Budgeting for LGUs considering that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) required LGUs to secure a Geohazard Certification for any proposed government projects from MGB prior to the release of its funds/budget. He added that a geohazard map could be used as a tool for selecting areas to be developed as relocation/evacuation site and could be used in integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives in development/land use plan of barangays, municipalities and cities.

The highlights of the Results of the 1:10,000 scale Landslide and Flood Assessment of the municipalities/cities during the IEC Campaign were presented by the following geologists: Ms. Liza T. Pacete – Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte and Del Carmen, Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte; Mr. Ralph Angelo E. Plaza – Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte and Dapa and General Luna, Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte; Mr. Melvin A. Mantilla and Ms. Kate A. Boquilon – Socorro, Surigao del Norte; Ms. Elaine L. Galido – Bayugan City, Agusan del Norte and San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and Ms. Rubenar L. Cagubcob – Bayugan City, Agusan del Norte and Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

Recommendations suitable for areas assessed were discussed and provided by MGBRO XIII in the Landslide and Flood Threat Advisories of each barangays.

Engr. Esperidion Y. Amper, Jr, SRS I/ICT Focal Person, gave a lecture on how to read and interpret 1:10k scale geohazard maps for M/BLGUs preparedness and awareness of dealing with rain induced hazards in their respective areas. Prior to the distribution of 1:10K geohazard maps per quadrangle per barangay, the participants were required to take part in an actual workshop demonstration to gauge how well the participants have learned about map reading.

Ms. Cecilia L. Consuegra, Chair of the Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System, gave a brief discussion about Demographic Profiling. She requested the M/B DRRMO to help the GAD team gather the Demographic Profile of their respective barangays/ municipalities to be incorporated in the geohazard maps. She also stated that gender perspective will be integrated in the geohazard mapping and assessment.

On the same note, the MGB ROXIII GSD IEC team distributed Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials regarding landslide, flood, storm surge and other geologic hazards. Apart from intensifying public awareness of natural hazards, the said materials will also aid in the effective and efficient management of disasters and reduction of casualties and damages to lives and properties.

The MGB ROXIII GSD IEC team acknowledged the all-out support given by the Provincial/City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers, Municipal/City Mayors, Members of the Municipal/City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council and Barangay Captains or their representatives of the Cities of Cabadbaran and Bayugan, Agusan del Norte and the Municipalities of Del Carmen, Dapa, General Luna and Socorro, Surigao del Norte, San Francisco, Agusan del Norte and Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur for the successful conduct of the MGB ROXIII Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign.
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MGB ROXIII conducts Coastal Geohazard Mapping and Assessment

After the completion of the geohazard mapping and assessment of landslide and flood-prone areas, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau is now conducting the geaohazard mapping and assessment of the country’s coastal areas. A team of geologists and mapper from the Geosciences Division of MGB Regional Office No. XIII conducted the Coastal Geohazard Mapping and Assessment from July to August 2016 in southern coastal municipalities in the Province of Cebu as assigned by MGB Central Office.

coastal_2The fieldwork was divided in two phases. Five municipalities were covered during Phase 1 which was conducted from July 6-25, 2016 while four municipalities were covered during Phase 2 which was carried out from August 11-30, 2016. During the 1st phase of the fieldwork, the team assessed the coastal municipalities of Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, Ginatilan and Malabuyoc. The coastal areas in the Municipalities of Alegria, Badian, Moalboal and Alcantara were surveyed during the 2nd phase of the fieldwork.

The Coastal Geohazard Mapping and Assessment was conducted by mapping the shoreline through a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) device. Beach profiling was also undertaken to determine the morphology of a beach and to compare beaches or coastlines in different locations. In the same way, evidence of erosion such as exposed roots of vegetation as well as eroded roads and infrastructure in the area was noted. The locals were interviewed to gather anecdotal records and typhoon history of the area as well.

The Coastal Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program will give the public substantial information on coastal areas or shorelines that are experiencing erosion or prone to erosion and accretion. The said program aims to provide vital information to policymakers and the public in order to make them understand the risk of hazards, enhance preparedness, reinforce response, foster resilience and minimize the adverse impacts of disasters. On the same note, the output of this program serves as an important reference in adaptation and crafting land use, coping mechanisms and development and management plans of affected communities and stakeholders.

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MGB ROXIII IEC Campaign on 1:10, 000 scale geohazard maps: Promoting a Culture of Safety

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XIII commenced its Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign of the 1:10, 000 scale geohazard maps and the presentation of the highlights of the Results of the 1:10K Geohazard Mapping and Assessment in the whole Province of Dinagat Islands and part of the Province of Agusan del Norte last May 31, 2016 to June 10, 2016 and June 22-24, 2016.  A total of two hundred thirty (230) barangays and nine municipalities and one (1) city were covered by the IEC Campaign on the following dates:

  1. Twenty-five (25) barangays of Basilisa, PDI               June 6, 2016
  2. Fourteen (14) barangays of Cagdianao, PDI               June 4, 2016
  3. Twelve (12) barangays of Dinagat Islands, PDI          June 1, 2016
  4. Fifteen (15) barangays of Libjo, PDI                             June 6, 2016
  5. Ten (10) barangays of Loreto, PDI                                June 3, 2016
  6. Twelve (12) barangays of San Jose, PDI                      June 7, 2016
  7. Nine (9) barangays of Tubajon, PDI                             June 2, 2016
  8. Nineteen (19) barangays of Nasipit, ADN                   June 9, 2016
  9. Twenty-five (25)  barangays of Buenavista , ADN     June 10, 2016
  10. Eighty-six (86) barangays of Butuan City                    June 22-24, 2016

Municipal Mayors, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers, Key Officers, Members of the Municipal DRRMC, and Barangay Captains or Representatives of the above-mentioned areas were among the participants during the IEC.

The main purpose of the IEC was to provide the Barangay LGUS with 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps and present the highlights of the Results of the 1:10K Geohazard Mapping and Assessment.  Considering the increasing occurrence of natural disasters, the said IEC fostered collaborative efforts among the national and local governments and communities to ensure that utmost consciousness, preparedness and response to disasters are achieved.

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Mr. Romeo M. Dalodado, Geosciences Division Chief of MGB RO XIII informed the participants that MGB will not only distribute the 1:10, 000 scale geohazard map to LGUs but rather the Office will also conduct a brief lecture and map reading exercises.  He explained the importance of geohazard map especially on the part of Bottoms Up Budgeting for LGUs, since the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) required LGUs to secure a Geohazard Certification for any proposed government projects from MGB prior to the release of its funds/budget. He added that a geohazard map could be used as a tool in selecting areas to be developed as relocation/ evacuation site and could be used in integrating disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation initiatives in development /land use plan of barangays and municipalities.  He also stated the rationale of the event to the nine (9) municipalities and a special topic on the Soils of Dinagat Islands with emphasis on its implication to land use and landslide hazard was also presented for the Municipalities of Dinagat, Tubajon and San Jose.

The highlights of the Results of the 1:10, 000 scale Landslide and Flood Assessment of the municipalities/city during the IEC Campaign were presented by the following geologists:  Ms. Liza T. Pacete, Geologist II – Basilisa, Cagdianao, Libjo and Loreto, Province of Dinagat Islands; Mr. Melvin A. Mantilla, Senior Geologist – Buenavista, Poblacion and East of Agusan River barangays of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte and Ms. Elaine L. Galido, Senior Geologist – West of Agusan River barangays of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.

Recommendations suitable for areas assessed were discussed and provided by MGB in the Landslide and Flood Threat Advisories of each barangays.

Engr. Esperidion Y. Amper, Jr, SRS I/ICT Focal Person, gave a lecture on how to read and interpret 1:10k scale geohazard maps for M/BLGUs preparedness and awareness of dealing with rain induced hazards in their respective areas.   Prior to the distribution of 1;10K geohazard maps per quadrangle per barangay, the participants were required to take part in an actual workshop demonstration to gauge how well/much the participants have learned about map reading.

Ms. Cecilia L. Consuegra, Chair of the Regional Gender and Development Focal Point System, gave a brief discussion about Demographic Profiling.  She requested the M/B DRRMO to help GAD gather the Demographic Profile of their respective barangays/ municipalities to be incorporated in the Geohazard maps and to integrate gender perspective in the geohazard mapping and assessment.

On the same note, the MGB ROXIII GSD IEC geohazard team distributed Information, Education and Communication (IEC) materials regarding landslide, flood, storm surge and other geologic hazards.  Apart from intensifying public awareness of natural hazards, the said materials will also aid in the effective and efficient management of disasters and reduction of casualties and damages to lives and properties.

The Office acknowledged the support given by the PDRRMO Officer of the Province of Dinagat Islands, the Municipal Mayors, MDRRMOs and members of MDRRMC and Barangay Captains or their representatives of the Municipalities of Dinagat Islands,  Buenavista, Nasipit and the CDRRMO and workers of CRDDMC Butuan City, Agusan del Norte during the successful conduct of the MGB ROXIII Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign.


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MGB ROXIII-GSD team conducts Geologic Quadrangle Mapping

In line with this year’s target of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, personnel of MGB ROXIII-Geosciences Division participated in the Workshop on the Standardization of Methodologies for the Geologic Quadrangle Mapping of Region 3 conducted by MGB Central Office on March 7 to 10, 2016 at the Contemporary Hotel in Manila.

The workshop aimed to standardize the methodologies to be used and discuss the necessary procedures to be done such as rock sampling and appropriate map symbols. Every team (ROs and CO) was given 2 quadrangles  ̶̶̶̶  one raw quad and another quad for updating.

The four-day workshop included presentations of various resource speakers and selected MGB technical personnel. Discussions and agreements on the standard methods were made during the workshop. On the fourth day, a field practice was conducted in Tanay, Rizal.

VRA_2After the workshop, the teams proceeded to their assigned areas. The MGB ROXIII-GSD team mapped the Malolos Quadrangle from March 11 to 23, 2016.  The team paid a courtesy call on the officials of the Provincial Government of Bulacan and went to Malolos City as the first base camp.  After a week, the team moved to Baliuag, the second base camp, to easily map the eastern portion of the quadrangle.

The team mapped the Alupipey Quadrangle from March 28 to April 25, 2016.  The first base camp is the Municipality of Alfonso Castañeda, Nueva Vizcaya Province covering the south to western portion of the quadrangle. After two weeks, the team moved to Dupax del Norte covering the west to northern portion of the quadrangle.

VRA_3The last base camp is the Municipality of Nagtipunan, Quirino Province wherein the team covered the eastern half of the quadrangle. Unlike other highly accessible areas, the target area in Barangay Matmad is about 40-kilometer linear distance from the municipal proper and can only be accessed by pump boat via Cagayan and Casecnan Rivers.  The team fly-camped for three days and two nights to reach Matmad where they mapped the remaining portion of the quadrangle.

After the geologic quadrangle mapping activity, the MGB ROXIII-GSD team returned to Surigao City.


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MGB ROXIII-GSD personnel conduct Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Groundwater Resource Assessment and Geohazard Identification Survey

Personnel of the Geosciences Division of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. 13 conducted the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment, Groundwater Resource Assessment and Geohazard Identification Survey on April 14 to 30, 2016 in the Province of Surigao del Sur.

On April 14, 2016, the GSD team paid a courtesy call on the Local Government Unit of Bislig City to inform the officials that they will conduct the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and Geohazard Identification Survey in a subdivision by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

The team and the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer, Mr. Orbele A. Carmen, produced a schedule of target barangays per working day. The geologists and geologic mappers also met with Engr. Jovino J. Requina, Jr., City Engineer, to discuss about the Geohazard Survey request for NHA Bayside Subdivision Housing (Phase II). The team was divided into 3 groups. One group conducted the geohazard survey while the other two groups started the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment in Barangays San Jose and Pamanlinan. No problems were encountered during the fieldwork since some barangays were already informed of the assessment.

After the survey in 24 barangays, the GSD team proceeded to the Municipality of Barobo to conduct Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and Groundwater Resource Assessment. The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Barobo headed by Ms. Kathreen Donna Joy M. Siega, MDRRMO Designate, assisted the team in planning the survey schedule in each barangay. Three personnel from their office volunteered to guide the team in assessing 21 barangays.

On April 23, 2016, an accident was reported to the team regarding the open pit slope failure of a small-scale mining activity in Barangay Tambis where 3 persons were killed after they were buried in a landslide. An incident report was immediately submitted to the Mine Management Division of MGB ROXIII. The GSD team, together with MDRRMO personnel, met with Mayor Felixberto S. Urbiztondo to discuss about the progress of the assessments and also the action taken by MGB ROXIII regarding the incident. Another team from MMD was sent to the area of incident to conduct a detailed investigation. The Vulnerability and Risk Assessment and Groundwater Resource Assessment were completed by the GSD team on schedule. After the exit conference with Mayor Urbiztondo, the team went back to Surigao City.

The detailed flood and landslide geohazard assessment of the 1,634 cities/municipalities of the entire country was already completed in 2014. Last year, the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Project is introduced as a new activity or an expansion of the geohazard assessment program of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. To further optimize the usefulness of the geohazard map, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment was undertaken over the highly critical and priority areas of the country. MGB ROXIII has twelve (12) target municipalities/cities this year. Vulnerability and Risk Assessment is conducted by acquiring GPS readings of important structures in the barangay such as day care centers, barangay hall, evacuation center, schools, etc. Purok centers and purok/barangay boundaries were also tracked. Type of house materials and means of transportation were also noted. Another important data to be acquired from the barangay secretary is the barangay demographic profile including the population.

The VulnerabilitJpegy and Risk Assessment is a critical input to the regional, provincial and local disaster preparedness, management and mitigation plans and land use plans. It provides technical inputs to Local Government Units for updating and modification of the Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs), project development and disaster preparedness, management and mitigation programs. The expected impact of the Vulnerability and Risk Assessment Project to the community is zero or minimal casualties during flood and rain-induced landslide.

The Groundwater Resource Assessment Program is one of the functions of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau which started last year. For this year, MGB Region 13 has fifteen (15) target municipalities within the Province of Surigao del Sur. This program aims to update and assess groundwater resources by province in the entire country. The first phase of Groundwater Resource Assessment was conducted by doing well and spring inventory in each barangay. The sources or potential sources of water supply for the entire neighborhood or town were also located.  This program can establish the current conditions regarding the quantity and quality of groundwater resources in the Philippines. It will also complement and enhance the technical capabilities of water agencies in the country. The output also recommends mitigating measures to lessen the level of risk posed to groundwater resources.


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