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MGB 12: Understanding geohazards during the COVID-19 pandemic


MGB 12: Understanding geohazards during the COVID-19 pandemic

KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 29 (PIA) – SOCCSKSARGEN Mines and Geosciences Bureau regional director Engr. Felizardo A. Gacad, Jr., at a Press Conference on Tuesday, calls on everyone’s support, understanding and active involvement in the nationwide observance of the 2020 National Disaster Resilience month.

Engr. Gacad said “medyo mahirap ang sitwasyon natin ngayon, meron tayong hinaharap na pandemya, and the numbers are increasing, but aside from that, we are living in a world where we have threats and hazards around us.  We understand the natural hazards, but we also have to understand that unwise human action can lead to higher risk, and can lead to more damage, death and destruction.”

Amidst threats of natural calamities during the onset of the rainy season, the official sought the help of the media and the community, “Magtulungan tayo, makiisa tayo and let’s all be safe not only from COVID 19, but also from the all these geohazards that we are experiencing right now.”

The official also thanked the media community “for the collaboration in informing the public of the existing threats and possible remedies or actions that we may be able to take so that we will not be affected by these natural hazards that we have all over region 12.”

“We have to work together, so that at the least we would be able to provide safety, not only for us, for members of our family but also for the members of our community,“ Engr. Gacad said.

With the aid of audio-visual presentations of different geologic hazards in the provinces of South  Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani, MGB 12 geologist Ariel Austin Acosta disclosed that based on their vulnerability risk assessment (VRA), the top five flood-prone areas in SOCCSKSARGEN are Norala in South Cotabato; Cotabato City; Palimbang, Lutayan and Lambayong in Sultan Kudarat province.

Topping the five landslide-prone areas in the region are Lake Sebu in South Cotabato; Malungon in Sarangani and Libungan, Arakan and Magpet in Cotabato province. (Aida C. Agad PIA 12)


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