As the Summer season ends and the rainy season fast approaches, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. V (MGB R.O.-V) has discussed before the regular session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Sorsogon on June 22, 2020 the existing geohazards and the new guidelines issued by the DENR on dredging activities in the heavily-silted river channels as embodied in the DENR Administrative Order no. 2020-07 in relation to DENR-DPWH-DILG-DOTR Joint Memorandum Circular No. 1 series of 2019. These new guidelines seek to protect and properly manage the utilization of the sand and gravel in heavily-silted river channels to improve the water flow, ensure the integrity of the various protective dikes and infrastructures, thereby reduce risks to lives and properties.
MGB R.O.-V technical personnel interactively discussed with the members of the same Sanggunian Panlalawigan salient features of the guidelines on dredging while they emphasized that the MGB Regional Office, as a member of the Inter-Agency Committee will serve as oversight for the implementation of the Administrative Order and monitors the dredging operations; recommend the suspension and/or cancellation of permits and/or clearances; and propose policies and programs to rationalize the dredging operations.
In the said session, this Office also reiterated the existing geohazards in the Province as an on-going priority program of the Bureau to inform, educate, capacitate local officials and help the concerned LGUs understand the use of geohazard maps on disaster risk reduction and comprehensive community planning through heightened community awareness and preparedness through information campaign.