In a bid to strengthen its efforts in accomplishing its geohazard mapping and assessment program, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office VIII inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with large scale mining companies to avail the latter’s assistance in conducting geohazard surveys in some parts of the region.
The said MOA is considered instrumental in addressing the Bureau’s commitment to accomplish the 1:10,000 scale geohazards mapping and assessment of the entire country within the next two years in response to the increasing negative impacts of natural disasters. However, it has long been hindered in doing so due to lack of budget and technical personnel.
In the region, completion of the said mapping for the 21 built up areas apart from various requests from most LGUs over Eastern Visayas seemed to be a herculean task with just a lone geologist.
“We really need any help and support we can get to accomplish this huge task that is laid on our shoulders. The completion of the 1:10K geohazard mapping will definitely result to more “informed communities” regarding geohazard that will in turn protect lives and properties,” explained MGB-8 Regional Director Alilo Ensomo.
On the other hand, the Alliance of Responsible Miners of Region-8 (ARMOR-8), composed of mining tenement holders in Eastern Visayas, has expressed full support to the said undertaking knowing fully well that they too are mandated by law to enhance public awareness on mining and geosciences.
“We believe this is a very significant undertaking which will benefit not only us but the whole industry as well, that’s why we are more than willing to work hand in hand with the Bureau to help them realize its geohazard program,” said Francis Arañes, ARMOR-8 President.
As stipulated in the MOA, companies are to carry out the implementation of geohazard mapping in the municipalities/cities/provinces where they operate. The undertaking will also be credited to the company’s Social Development and Management Program (SDMP) and Corporate Social Responsibility commitment.
RD Ensomo considers the undertaking a valuable partnership with the mining companies in which they are likewise able to extend their arm not only in promoting responsible mining but also in geohazard mapping endeavors.