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.

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Environmental Warriors’ ideas laid through paper and lens

11-22 makakalikhasan contest winners

As the DENR XI believes in the power of youth’s profound and innovative ideas in matters of environmental protection, it once again conducted the “MakakaLIKHAsan” an Essay and Photo Contest. It is a two-day annual event that aims to earn the active participation and engagement of young environmental warriors through their piece of writing and photo material.

The essay writing revolves in the theme “One Planet. One Nation: Sustaining Green Actions for a Safer Climate.” to which, the New Corella National High School bagged the top place.

Its writer, Mary Chris D. Agarma, states in her piece entitled “Code Green: Diagnosing the Vital Signs of the Earth” that “we [people] are the leukocytes of the Earth and must work hand in hand as a nation and as a planet to protect the only home we have. The earth has long been diagnosed of a severe disease. Like treating chronic illness, necessary measures must be applied.” Strict implementation of environmental laws, reforestation and to look for other sources of renewable energy to not exhaust biofuel are among the writer’s recommendations.

The champion ended her piece with a diagnosis that the earth is “severely destructed, in need of immediate attention, care and restoration.”

For the photo contest, the Ateneo de Davao University which held the championship for two (2) consecutive years has once again bagged the top place. For this year, its entry was photographed by Anton Miguel Balagot with an engraved caption “Carbon Sequestration: A Quest for Life.”

Congratulations to all the participants- our young and creative environmental warriors and to their supportive coaches!

The DENR XI is looking forward to having you again.

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