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.




        The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) V joined the Philippine Society of Mining Engineers (PSEM) – Bicol Chapter and several stakeholders during the 2nd Bicol Mining Summit on July 19-21, 2017 in Legazpi City.

          To kick-start the event, a Zumba and Color Fun Run with the theme, “Color Fun Run: Mine for Life” started at the Bicol University Commencement Grounds at 6 o’clock in the morning of July 19, 2017. Mario Nolledo, a DENR V Employee bagged the first place during the said activity.

          The summit was highlighted by a Mine Exhibit at the Legazpi City Convention Center. Following the opening ceremonies, a bowling tournament at the Embarcadero de Legazpi, Mine Symposium, Mayor’s Night, Students’ Congress and City Tour, among others are some of the activities lined-up during this three-day event.

        DENR V Regional Director Crisanta Marlene P. Rodriguez, in her message, during the ribbon cutting ceremonies of the Mine Exhibit stressed the essence of sustainable and responsible mining.

         With this year’s Mining Summit theme, “An Approach towards Sustainable, Responsible and Environment-Friendly Mineral Development in Bicol”, DENR hopes for the enlightenment of the public on various mining issues and concerns, which are far from over.###

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