Participants who were mostly Barangay Chairpersons, Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committee members of the respective barangays and some Municipal Local Government Officers, were engaged into lectures and discussions which will improve their awareness and preparedness specifically in times of natural and man-made calamities as a result of geological processes referred to as geohazards such as flood, landslide, ground subsidence and coastal hazards.

The IEC series was spearheaded by the agency’s Geosciences Division thru its Geologists. The presentations mainly emphasized the important aspects of hazard as well as the different manifestations of geohazards. Among the geohazards discussed and explained are the characteristics of natural hazards like landslide, flooding and earthquake.

Geologist Rodrigo Jay Miralles emphasized the importance of the geohazard map to the local leaders in the prevention of any untoward incidents in their respective jurisdiction. They reiterated the importance of map in the identification of relocation sites and/or evacuation areas. During the Map Reading lecture, participants were taught of the different legends concerning flood and landslide susceptibility of barangays concerned.

In the said IEC, all concerned leaders were advised to activate their Municipal/Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction Management Committee and identify volunteers as well. The IEC team likewise distributed materials such as posters and leaflets on geohazards which the participants can help disseminate in their areas of concern. As of to date MGB-8 is fast tracking the geohazard map distribution to all barangays within the region.

The conduct of IEC campaigns to 1,400 barangays for the region was incorporated in its annual work program by the MGB-8.