CEBU CITY, August 5 (PIA)--The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-7) is currently conducting a vulnerability risk assessment which includes generating data on possible sinkholesin different areas in Cebu and of Central Visayas,
MGB-7 Chief of the Geosciences Division Al Emil Berador, said there are many sinkholes in the region and they are prioritising the risk assessment of land areas in Badian in Cebu, Bohol province, and other areas identified to be at risk of landslides or have experienced landslides in the past.
As many mountainous areas in Cebu province are tagged as landslide-prone, MGB-7 urged the local government units here to remain vigilant and to always follow advisories from the bureau to avoid untoward incidents.
MGB-7 is also undertaking the quadrangle geological mapping for the entire region to aid in applications such as mineral exploration, groundwater resource and vulnerability assessment, solid waste disposal site selection, and land use planning.
The bureau started conducting the drafting of geologic reports and map digitization since last year.
Ground water resources assessment, according to MGB-7, is done per municipality.
So far, the bureau has covered three municipalities within Region 7.
In the same forum, MGB-7 Chief of Mine Safety, Environment and Social Development Division Armando Malicse said one of the provisions for companies under the authority of DENR is that a company has to submit environmental protection and management programs to protect the environment, and carry out these programs.
Permits for those selling land and gravel minerals as well as the requirements in processing permits have undergone streamlining and has been simplified, said Raul Laput, officer in charge of the Mine Management Division under the MGB-7.
This has been adjusted to fit the needs and capabilities of small scale businesses in the process of acquiring the permit.
The MGB officials also shared the different violations reported to their respective divisions.
The most common violations include not wearing of safety gear for workers, lack of fire extinguishers in most mining establishments, disregard to safety signages, and even the lack of tire blocks in parking vehicles in areas of mining companies.
MGB-7 was the featured agency during the Association of Government Information Officers (AGIO) PIA-7 forum held July 30, 2019 at the regional office of the Philippine Information Agency in Central Visayas. (SMB/PIA7)