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As our nation observes the month of July as the National Disaster Consciousness Month by virtue of executive Order No. 137, issued on August 10, 1999, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau has features one of its on-going priority programs on disaster risk reduction management as it performs its role as member of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.

The seminar–workshop entitled “Geologic Hazard Awareness and Disaster Preparedness” or also known as the “IEC Caravan.” This IEC Caravan is an on-going priority program of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) on geohazard mapping and assessment, designed to inform, educate, help and prepare local communities to manage disaster risk reduction in the context of the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System and further understand the proper use of maps which is focused on the 1:10,000 scale geohazard maps.

It is being managed by the Geosciences Division and a Training Officer from the Office of Civil Defense discussing topics on “Introduction to Geologic Hazards and their Effects; 1:10,000 Assessment of Geologic Hazards; Reading and Understanding Geohazard Maps; Making use of Geohazard Maps for Vulnerability and Risk Assessment; Workshop on Map Reading; Barangay Disaster Preparedness; Early Warning and Evacuation; and Workshop on Damage Analysis and Needs Assessment.”

This 2017, the MGB Regional Office No. V is set to accomplish five (5) batches of IEC Caravan in the Provinces of Catanduanes, Masbate, Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte for a total of 1,569 barangays.

The activity further affords the Bureau to build strong stakeholders partnership and capacitate concerned agencies through intensive and extensive public information and education towards heightened community awareness and preparedness for various natural hazards and disasters in the Region.

MGB believes that well-informed officials are efficient and effective partners in the campaign for zero casualties and zero property damages during typhoons and calamities in line with the year’s theme: “Kamalayan sa Kahandaan, Katumbas ay Kaligtasan.”