Davao City – The Mines and Geosciences Bureau Regional Office No. XI continually activates its Geohazard Operation Center (GOC) since April 4, 2022 in response to the current weather disturbances – Tropical Depression Agaton and the incoming TY “Malakas” – that brought incessant rainfall in Davao Region for the past days and may continuously bring light to moderate and at times heavy rains.

“Preparedness and awareness are the greatest defense against the threats of these geologic hazards,” as emphasized by RD Lascano. As such, Geohazard advisories were immediately disseminated to all stakeholders through email and posted in social media platform prior to the onset of TD Agaton to prepare the public on the possible hydrometeorological hazards particularly landslide and flooding that may occur within the respective Areas of Responsibility (AORs).

A Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) on April 6, 2022, was attended by MGB-XI wherein the list of barangays at risk was presented by our technical personnel as provided by the MGB Central Office OpCen. Another weather update meeting was convened on April 9, 2022, by the Region XI PDRA Core Group where warnings and advisories were reiterated by MGB XI to all LDRRMOs.

Currently, MGB XI constantly monitors the said weather disturbance and its possible impacts to Davao Region and regularly communicates with all concerned agencies and LGUs.