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In response with the request letter of Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office No. 1 for technical assistance in the conduct of water quality assessment in Matangra lake, Burgos, Ilocos Norte. The survey was conducted on April 4-7, 2017 by the contractual geologist Ms. Mariel B. Tuonan of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 1 and Engr. Cora Marie G. Pugal, Development Management Officer III, Conservation and Development Division, DENR R1 together with the LGU personnel of Burgos, Ilocos Norte.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) – Geosciences Division conducted a seminar on the results of its geohazard mapping and assessment. The seminar entitled “Training-Workshop on Understanding 1:10,000 Scale Geohazard Map” was held on March 21-24, 2017 at Seven Wonders Hotel and Theme Park Inc, Baluarte Compound, Salindeg, Vigan City Ilocos Sur.

Mr. Socrates G. Gaerlan, Chief Geologist recently assumed as OIC, Office of the Regional Director, MGB-Regional Office No. I by virtue of DENR Special Order No. 2017-228 dated March 10, 2017.

During the simple turn-over ceremony, RD Gaerlan asked everyone’s support and to work together to effectively and efficiently accomplish all targets of the Office.

A Local Climate Change Action Planning Orientation-Workshop was held on March 16-17, 2017 at the Municipal Hall of Santol, La Union. It is in consonance with Republic Act No. 9729 known as the “Climate Change Act of 2009” mainstreaming climate change into government policy formulations, establishing the framework strategy and program on climate change, creating for the purpose of Climate Change Commission and for other purposes. Likewise, as stated in the Section 14 of the said RA ”Local Climate Change Action Plan”, LGUs shall be the frontline agencies in the formulation, planning and implementation of climate change action plans in their respective areas, consistent with the provisions of the Local Government Code, the Framework and the National Climate Change Action Plan.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) – Geosciences Division conducted a seminar on the results of its geohazard mapping and assessment. The seminar entitled “Training-Workshop on Understanding 1:10,000 Scale Geohazard Map” was held last February 20 – 25, 2017 at Hotel Consuelo Resort and Chinese Restaurant, Lingayen, Pangasinan.

MGB Regional Office No. 1 geologists attended the Workshop on Quadrangle Geological Mapping of Bicol Region held last February 6 – 10, 2017 at Ninong’s Hotel, Legazpi City, Albay. The geologists who attended were Mr. Socrates G. Gaerlan (Chief Geologist), Ms. Zipporah Seth A. Oliveros (Geologist II), Ms. Marie Rose B. Aguda (Geologist), and Ms. Charlene Gem L. Farro (Geologist). The said event focused on the finalization of 1:50,000 scale geologic maps of Region III and standardization of field mapping methods and outputs, and encompassed a series of comprehensive lectures on the geology of CALABARZON and Bicol Region, quadrangle map generation, field mapping techniques and photogeology.

MGB Regional Office No. 1 geologists namely Mr. Socrates G. Gaerlan (Chief Geologist), Ms. Vilma A. Vecino (Supervising Geologist), Mr. Jose D. Lignes Jr. (Supervising Geologist), Mr. Riddick B. Bombase (Geologist II), and Ms. Marie Rose B. Aguda (Contractual Geologist), attended the annual Geoscience Workshop held last January 16 – 21, 2017 at the Lima Park Hotel in Malvar, Batangas.

In compliance to the main provisions of Republic Act No. 9003, otherwise known as Ecological Solid Wastes Management Act of 2000, the Local Government of Laoag, Province of Ilocos Norte through the Hon. Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas, requested the Mines and Geosciences Bureau personnel to conduct the geological assessment on the proposed sanitary landfill located at the Barangay Lagui-Sail, City of Laoag, Province of Ilocos Norte.

In response to the request letter of DENR Region 1 for technical assistance in the conduct of geological survey and water quality assessment of the Alaminos River, Alaminos City, Pangasinan and Baruyen River in the municipalities of Burgos and Bangui, Ilocos Norte, the survey was conducted on September 26-30, 2016 and October 3-7, 2016, respectively. The field party composed of the Contractual Geologist Ms. Mariel B. Tuonan of Mines and Geosciences Bureau Region 1 and Ms. Marilyn M. Racoma, Senior Ecosystem Management Specialist, Conservation and Development Division, DENR R1 together with the personnel of CENRO Alaminos City, Pangasinan.

The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. I, in coordination with Department of Education Region I, conducted the Art Workshop of differently-abled students for three (3) consecutive Saturdays (November 19, 26 and December 3, 2016) held at San Fernando City SPED High School, with the theme “Promoting Environment and Responsible Mining through Arts” which greatly helped in developing the innate talents of the students.

 

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