DENR-MGB XI monitors EQ-hit areas in Davao Region; Cimatu urges LGUs to reexamine MGB’s geological hazard maps

11-7 denr-mgb xi monitors eq-hit areas in davao region cimatu urges lgus to reexamine mgbs geological hazard maps

All geologists and personnel embedded in the provincial offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) are still on the earthquake-hit areas within Davao Region to provide an update on earthquake impact monitoring and assessment.

In Davao del Sur, landslides hit the Municipality of Magsaysay where there are reported casualties in Barangays Upper Bala and Asbangilok. The team also noted tension cracks in some areas and strongly recommended that the affected community should be immediately relocated.

In Davao City, there were occurrences of landslides in Marilog District, Brgy. Mandug, Brgy Buhangin and Catalunan Grande but neither were there casualties nor injuries reported.

In Marilog district, tension cracks and slumps were observed along the barangay road in So. Makatol in Brgy. Magsaysay wherein the team recommended for the immediate relocation of families residing in the area. An old landslide was also noted in Purok Acacia in Brgy. Tamugan with vertical displacement of 10 meters wherein approximately 100 households are located 40 meters near the base of the slope.

An earthquake-induced landslide was also noted in Phase-5 DDF Village along Davao River in Brgy. Mandug, affecting 1 house. Immediate relocation of houses along the riverbank or installation of riverbank protection were some of the recommendations of the MGB team.

"The result and findings of the assessment are furnished to the respective offices for their appropriate action. This is part of the bureau’s disaster-response efforts” MGB-XI Regional Director Atty. Jasper Alberto Lascano stresses.

Further, Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, evaluated the aftermath of the earthquake and bore a call to the LGUs to reexamine MGB’s geological hazard maps with attached recommendations which are issued to their offices to serve as their guide and reference in managing calamitous events.


Avian Migrants found haven in Davao Region

A large number of Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) sighted in Malalag mudflats.  Photo courtesy of DENR XI- Protected Area Management and Biodiversity Conservation Section (PAMCS) team.

Hundreds to thousands of migratory waterbirds were logged during the conduct of Asian Waterbird Census (AWC), a program that aims to monitor and record bird sightings across the globe. It was conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-XI) in the early weeks of January 2020, in Davao Region’s six (6) monitoring sites – Malalag mudflats in Davao del Sur, Bucana in Davao City, Banay-banay in Davao Oriental and in Panabo, Carmen and Tagum in Davao del Norte.

AWC is an annual event which takes place during the second and third weeks of January.

In Malalag, about a thousand of Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) were sighted, along with hundreds of Pied Stilts (Himantopus leucocephalus) and Whiskered Terns (Chlidonias hybrida). A small number of Great Knot (Calidris tenuirostris), an endangered species was also sighted.

Moreso in Carmen Coastal Wetland, a few of nearly threatened species such as Black-tailed Godwit (Limosa limosa) and Eurasian Curlew (Numenius arquata) were also seen. With them are some Whiskered Terns also flocking in the area. The latter species were also spotted in its neighboring Coastland Wetland in Panabo along with hundreds of Little Egret and Pied Stilts.

Meanwhile in Banay-bay, White-browed Crake (Porzana cinerea) and Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna javanica) were recorded, just a few compared to the thousands of Pied Stilts that landed in the area. In the same area, a few Philippine Ducks (Anas luzonica), the sole endemic species were also spotted flying overhead. Philippine Ducks is one of our very own families of birds which are unfortunately listed as vulnerable because of its small population.

As Philippines is one of the avian migrants’ flyways or routes in East Asia/Australasia, these avian migrants fly from their origin all the way to the lands of Davao Region to find a better habitat that will suit their need for breeding, feeding and raising their young. They are flying from vast distances including China, Japan, Siberia and other areas around the world that has winter season. These migrant birds travel beyond their country’s borders in search for warmer and safer refuge where they can also find sufficient food resources.

As a warm welcome to these visitors, may we all refrain from touching or harming them. Just let them fly freely.


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