2022 National Disaster Resilience Month

MGB MIMAROPA geologist Merari Rosaroso during the presentation of lessons learned from Typhoon “Odette,” and the geohazard-related programs and activities of the Bureau (screenshot from the Civil Defense MIMAROPA Facebook Page)

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) MIMAROPA Region joined other member agencies of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Council and Local DRRM Councils and Offices as the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) – RDRRMC MIMAROPA kicked off the celebration of the National Disaster Resilience Month, July 1.

Pursuant to Executive Order No. 29, s. 2017, this month-long observance aims to raise awareness on building disaster resilience covering the four DRRM thematic areas of disaster prevention and mitigation, disaster preparedness, disaster response, and disaster rehabilitation and recovery.

The said kick-off ceremony also highlighted a Disaster Resilience Webinar via video teleconferencing where MGB MIMAROPA Region geologist Merari Rosaroso, and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration – Weather Division Officer-in-Charge Mr. Juanito S. Galang tackled the lessons learned from Typhoon “Odette” which hit the southern part of the country in December 2021.  

Among the lessons cited by Mr. Rosaroso during the presentation are the need to further enhance the MGB Central and Regional Geohazard Operations Centers; encourage participation of mining companies in disaster preparedness and rehabilitation plans; disseminate information, education, and communication (IEC) materials in various local languages; incorporate data from other agencies; and improve MGB’s presence in traditional and digital media.

Mr. Rosaroso also presented the major geohazard-related programs and activities of the Geosciences Division of the MGB MIMAROPA Region, such as geologic hazard mapping, flood/landslide vulnerability and risk assessment, IEC activities on flood/landslide risk exposure assessment, karst subsidence hazard mapping, and coastal hazard vulnerability assessment.