The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Central Office initiated the conduct of a learning course re: Rules of Procedure for Environmental Cases and How to be an Expert/Competent Witness in Court on June 7-11, 2016 held at Sunrise Holiday Mansion, Royal Tagaytay Estate Alfonso, Tagaytay, Cavite. Participants were MGB lawyers and technical staff of each Regional Office and MGB Central Office. The Training-Seminar was attended by Engr. Manuel L. Candia, Officer-In-Charge of Mine Management Division, MGB Regional Office No. X. The continuing legal education program is to equip technical personnel with adequate knowledge on legal principles and proceedings for proper performance of duties. The lecturers of the training-seminar are Atty. Herman R. Cimafranca, Assistant Solicitor General of Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), Atty. Sharon E. Millan-Decano, State Solicitor of OSG and Judge Silvino T. Pampilo, Jr., RTC Manila, Branch 26.
FOR: LOW PRESSURE AREA
ISSUED AT: 11:00 AM, 25 JUNE 2016
AT 10:00 AM TODAY, THE LOW PRESSURE AREA (LPA) OVER THE EAST PHILIPPINE SEA WAS ESTIMATED AT 850 KM EAST OF SURIGAO CITY, SURIGAO DEL NORTE (9.1° N, 133.2° E). MEANWHILE, ANOTHER LOW PRESSURE AREA (LPA) WAS SPOTTED AT 160 KM SOUTHEAST OF HINATUAN, SURIGAO DEL SUR (7.5° N, 127.5° E)
THESE TWO LPA ARE EMBEDDED ALONG THE INTERTROPICAL CONVERGENCE ZONE (ITCZ) WHICH WILL BRING LIGHT TO MODERATE RAINS AND THUNDERSTORMS OVER SOUTHERN LUZON, VISAYAS AND MINDANAO TODAY AND ONWARDS.
Messrs. Ramon S. Hong, Jr. and Jessel Ian R. Samonte, GIS specialists, Geosciences Division, attended the Training on Web Migration and Development using the Joomla 3.0x Web Template. The training was organized by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Central Office and held in Quezon City on May 24 to 27, 2016.
Administrative Order No. 39 mandates “Government Agencies to migrate to the Government Web Hosting Service and Technology-Information and Communications Technology Office (DOST-ICTO)”. At the end of the course, the participants were able to install, configure, and update the Government Web Template for Joomla; administer securely a Joomla site through the Administrator Dashboard; and administer securely a Joomla site though cPanel.
Training on the operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of Roland VS640i wide-format inkjet printer for Geosciences Division personnel was held at the Office of the Geosciences Division, Mines and Geosciences Bureau-10 on May 16-20, 2016. The training was conducted by Mr. LJ Adia, Technical Support Engineer, American Technologies, Inc., the supplier of the equipment. Ms. Michelle Grace Angela Mendoza and Mr. Niño Fernandez, both of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau-Central Office, facilitated the training.
Pursuant to the pertinent provisions of DAO 2010-21, A Multi-Disciplinary Team from MGB Central Office, headed Engr. Danilo P. Berches conducted an Annual Safety and Health, Environmental and Social Development and Management (SHES) Audit in Holcim Resources and Development Corporation (HRDC), MCCI Corporation, Republic Cement Iligan Inc. and Republic Cement Mindanao Inc. on May 11-22, 2016. The Team was assisted by the safety, environment and social focal persons of the MGB 10 Regional Office.
On the part of the contractors, the MEPE Officers, Safety Managers and ComRel Officers presented the different programs and compliances of the Contractors to the auditing team.
The 2016 Annual Social Development and Management Program (3rd Phase-last year) and the 2016 Annual Environmental Protection and Enhancement Program were approved and signed by OIC, RD Rex S. Monsanto last April 29, 2016 at Holcim Training Center, Lugait, Misamis Oriental. Engr. Bobby R. Garza, Plant Manager of HPMC and Engr. Edgar Ayoma, Quarry and Operation Manager, who represented Engr. Cilor P. Guevarra of HRDC committed to implement the subject ASDMP and AEPEP respectively..
The activity was witnessed by the Brgy. Chairmen of the host Barangays and some of the area Managers of HPMC.
The USAID Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project, in coordination with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is undertaking a survey to determine the satisfaction of different stakeholders on weather and climate information provided by PAGASA. The activity aims to understand the usefulness of PAGASA information in strengthening preparations for disaster risk reduction at the local level. Insight Asia, a leading research agency in the Philippines, has been tasked by Be Secure to conduct the satisfaction surveys in the project focal areas. Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Director Rex Monsanto has been selected as one of the key respondents for the PAGASA satisfaction survey. RD Monsanto was interviewed at his office on May 26, 2016 by field interviewers from Insight Asia Research Group.
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.