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MGB-JICA Seminar for Leyte Barangay Captains on Disaster Preparedness

The Government of Japan through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in coordination with the Mines and Geo-Sciences Bureau (MGB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, PAGASA of the Department of Science and Technology, and the National Disaster Coordinating Council will be conducting series of seminar-workshops for 1000 Barangay Captains in high-risk, and medium-risk barangays prone to landslides in Maasin , Tacloban City, and Ormoc City on May 25-26, July 4-5, and July 6-7, 2006 respectively.

The first seminar-workshop scheduled on May 25 to be held in Ampil Pensionne, Maasin City at 9:00am will have Governor Rosette Lerias as the keynote speaker, while JICA Deputy Resident Representative Harumi Kitabayashi and Regional Director Loreto Alburo of MGB Region 8 will deliver their Messages.

This is a part of the "Cooperation for the Geo-Hazard Mapping, and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) Activities in the provinces of Leyte and Southern Leyte" of which a Memorandum of Agreement was signed on March 2006, between Shozo Matsuura, Resident Representative of JICA, and Secretary Angelo Reyes of DENR. MGB is dispatching 29 geologists to conduct field surveys in each and every barangay of Leyte and Souhtern Leyte assessing the geo-hazard risks of the provinces. The results of the field surveys conducted by geologists will be translated into geo-hazard maps. Each Barangay Captain will be informed of the state of their barangays in terms of susceptibility to landslides. They will be taught on how to understand, read, and use geo-hazard maps. These maps will be provided to all high and medium-risk barangays.

A video presentation, with Cebuano subtitle "Living with Geological Hazards", produced by MGB and JICA will be shown to all Barangay Captains for a better understanding of the risks of landslides.

Dr. Prisco Nilo, Officer-in-charge of PAGASA will provide lecture on "Community-based Flood Forecasting Techniques"; while the Regional Director Adriano Fuego of Office of Civil Defense, Region 8 would provide information on the Philippine Disaster Management System.

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