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.
“If the underwater theme park would cause the destruction of corals, right away, I will say no way. The fishermen need corals. The corals are the home for the fish, and some of our corals have shells and sponges that can cure cancer. I will never allow our biodiversity to be killed for money that some people want to make.
The Philippines is a country of seven thousand islands, which has the highest endemism per unit area in the entire world, while Palawan is the number one island destination in the planet. It has rich biodiversity and lots of ecotourism potentials that should be primarily tapped by the Filipino people for the Filipino people.
In any case, whatever decision that the DENR will make shall be filtered and anchored on social justice, which means that the marine resources of Palawan should benefit the greater majority.”###
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