After covering 5 provinces, 9 cities, and 84 municipalities, the DENR-Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Northern Mindanao concluded its IEC (Information, Education, Communication) on Geologic Hazards and Disaster Awareness and Preparedness (Disaster Risk Reduction). The last leg of the IEC activity was conducted for the municipal and barangay officias of the municipalities of Baungon, Libona, Malitbog, and Manolo Fortich, all of Bukidnon province.
Participants included the punong barangays, barangay disaster risk reduction and management officers (BDRRMOs), and representatives from every barangay from the women’s, senior citizens, PWD, and youth sectors. Also invited were the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers, Municipal Government Operations Officers, Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Officers, Municipal Planning and Development Coordinators, Municipal Engineers, and Municipal Social Welfare and Development Officers. The IEC activity was held at the Grand Caprice Restaurant and Convention Center, Limketkai Center, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City on May 30, 2017.
The IEC activity is a component of the National Geohazard Mapping and Assessment Program. The NGMAP is a priority undertaking of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, implemented by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau. The emphasis is on rain-induced landslide, flooding, and coastal hazards. The NGMAP identified areas that are susceptible to various geologic hazards, particularly, landslides and flooding. The NGMAP commenced after the tragic Guinsaugon, St. Bernard, Southern Leyte landslide incident on February 17, 2006. Mapping was initially conducted on 1:50,000 scale. After the 1:50,000 scale mapping ended, the NGMAP was continued, this time conducted on a more detailed mapping, at 1:10,000 scale.
The 1:10,000 scale mapping activity was complemented with a component IEC activity which started in 2015. The aim is to increase public awareness to lessen or mitigate the negative impact of geologic hazards. With the increasing effects of climate change, awareness and preparedness are most effective prevention and mitigation measures against the impact of geologic hazards.