The Provincial, City, and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Councils (P/C/M DRRMCs) are advised to be vigilant and to take precautionary measures in view of the announcement of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on the onset of the rainy season. Further, the possibility of a developing La Niña is said to be favored during the second half of 2016. La Niña is the opposite weather condition of El Niño, which means more rains are coming ahead. La Niña Watch is now in effect. Local governments are advised to prepare for the onset of La Niña to mitigate its impact to communities.
The USAID Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project in partnership with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) presented the latest El Niño Update and the first La Niña Watch during the forum held at the Board Room of the Cagayan de Oro Water District on May 20, 2016. Ms. Salvacion Naranjo of the Geosciences Division represented MGB-10. The geohazard maps on flood and landslide susceptibility provided by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau to the local governments was acknowledged during the forum.
Daphne Niccole G. Galero, Geologist II, attended the ASEAN-China Workshop/Training on Integrated Geological Data Processing (IGDP)-Phase I held in Beijing and Nanning, China on March 1 to 7, 2016. Ms. Galero attended the workshop/training pursuant to Travel Authority No. 2016-01-22. Participants included representatives from ASEAN member-states including Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Philippine delegation included Ms. Galero, Mr. Ariel Austin Acosta, MGB-12, and Mr. John Federick Santos, MGB-Central Office. The participants were welcomed by the China Geological Survey. The training focused on the methodology and software application in geological and geochemical data processing and integrated interpretation with mineral exploration data, maps and information. Each country presented reports on their national geological, geophysical, geochemical and mineral exploration work and geological database. The country’s report, “Mineral Geodatabase and Geosciences Program of the Philippines”, was presented by Mr. Acosta, Senior Geologist, MGB-12.
Prior to the commencement of the activity, the MGB Central Office conducted a Workshop on Standardization of Procedures for Geologic Quadrangle Mapping in Metro Manila and vicinities from March 7 to 11, 2016. Joy Christine Asis, Supervising Geologist, joined the MGB-10 team in the workshop. The MGB-10 team (Bondad, Gatinao, Eludo) immediately left for their assignment in Region 3 after the workshop.
The first phase of the Quadrangle Mapping activity included the updating of the 1:50,000 scale geologic map of the San Jose Quadrangle in the provinces of Nueva Ecija in Region 3 and Pangasinan in Region 1, from March 11 to 21, 2016. Geologic mapping included the cities/municipalities of Talugtog, Lupao, Llanera, San Jose, and Muñoz in the province of Nueva Ecija and the municipality of Umingan in the province of Pangasinan.