Principals and School Teachers Trained to Interpret Geohazard Maps

        Legazpi City — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources V (DENR V) through the Mines and Geosciences Bureau V (MGB V), Conservation and Development Division of DENR Technical Services and Department of Education conducted an orientation on Geologic Hazards for School Building on July 30, 2015 at the gymnasium of DENR Region V, Rawis, Legazpi City.

           The activity is part of the Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program which is an on-going priority program of the DENR, which is being implemented by the MGB. Its main objective is to identify areas in the country which are susceptible or vulnerable to various geologic hazards, or geohazards. The program also seeks to provide information to various stakeholders in order to lessen or mitigate the impact of these events.

            The said orientation was participated by 148 participants composed of Principals and Teachers from the 1st District of Masbate (San Pascual, Claveria, Montreal, San Jacinto, San Fernando, and Batuan).

         DENR Regional Director Gilbert C. Gonzales emphasized the essence of having a better understanding on what geohazard is all about. He also added that having a proper knowledge on Geohazard maps can help them in determining the exact location and what kind of potential hazards their schools are exposed of.

           Engr. Arlene E. Dayao of MGB discussed the different kinds of hazards and its effects in the school infrastructure. She encouraged them to prepare because hazards like coastal erosion, storm surges and tsunami are threats to the islands of Ticao and Burias as mandated in Republic Act No. 10121, also known as Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010. Moreover, Science Research Specialist Mark Niño L. Miraballes taught them how to interpret properly the geohazard maps.

          DENR also distributed IEC materials about flood and other hazards to the participants which they can use as their references in facilitating the transfer of knowledge to their respective students. In this way, the students are also prepared in times of calamities.





“I will strengthen the CENROs,” says Secretary Roy A. Cimatu in his message during his recent visit in Bicol. Secretary Cimatu vowed to strengthen the Community Environment and Natural Resources Offices (CENROs) being the frontline unit which delivers the services of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to the people.

According to Secretary Cimatu, he will empower the Forest Protection Officers to ensure their welfare and security. “Hindi tama na binabantayan ninyo ang mga puno, pero hindi ninyo mabantayan at maipagtanggol ang inyong mga sarili. We will train you. Pag-aaralin natin yan,” he said.

Citing his major thrusts for the environment, Secretary Cimatu emphasized clean air, clean water and solid waste management. He vowed to protect the environment by strictly and fully enforcing the laws. “We will do something for the environment, and I need all of you,” he stressed. He is optimistic that with the help of all DENR employees all environmental laws will be implemented to the fullest.

Meanwhile, Secretary Cimatu expressed his awe to Bicol Region being home to the world’s most perfect cone volcano and the world’s smallest commercial edible extant fish. He said that both Mayon Volcano and the Sinarapan or locally known as “Tabios” should be protected including all our natural resources. His orders for their protection were made explicitly to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officers and Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers where these two (2) wonders are found.

The Environment chief likewise warned employees about zero tolerance on corruption. “Do your work with honesty and integrity. Corrupt officials and employees will be punished. You don’t have a second chance with me,” the environment chief said. 


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