MGB ROII geologists participates in 2019 Geosciences Workshop
To participate in the discussion on geologic data which will be utilized for the current year’s activities, five geologists of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. II participated in the 2019 Annual Geosciences Workshop held on 18-22 January 2019 at Xenxia Hotel, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.
Chief Geologist Felicitas V. Piligan, Supervising Geologist Marie Nelle G. Monteclaro, Senior Geologists: Oliver Hans H. Lapina and Ruvic Anne L. Villarias, and Geologist II Janah Joy J. Vicera attended said geosciences workshop hosted by MGB Regional Office No. III. Discussed during the workshop was the overview and concepts of geoparks. Supervising Science Research Specialist of MGB Central Liza Socorro J. Manzano gave lecture on steps that will help the Philippines in the declaration of geoparks.
On the other hand, Officer in Charge of the Geological Laboratory Services Section Jocelyn C. Villanueva presented the standardized sample index form template to be used by MGB Central Office and its Regional Offices.
MGB Central Geologist Carl Reinier T. Padua likewise discussed the information and communication protocol for disasters for the MGB Operations Center and MGB Quick Response Team (QRT).
Padua emphasized the need of the regional offices to update the geohazard maps whenever natural calamities occur.
Five parallel sessions were conducted to discuss issues on Quadrangle Mapping, Vulnerability and Risk Assessment (VRA) and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) on VRA, Subsidence Hazard Assessment and Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment, Groundwater Resource and Vulnerability Assessment, and Mineral Reservation Program. After the workshop, Geologists participants went on a three-hour trek to the Pinatubo Crater.