BU and KSU partner in community training against landslide disasters

Friday March 29,2019

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In order to protect communities from the dangers of landslide, a “Reducing Disaster Caused By Rain-induced Landslides” Training for communities and non-experts was conducted last 25 and 26 March 2019 at the BU College of Science (BUCS), through the partnership of Bicol University, the Kalinga State University (KSU), and various agencies involved in disaster reduction and mitigation.

Before the training began, the participants were welcomed by BU President Dr. Arnulfo M. Mascariñas and BU Extension Management Division (EMD) Director Dr. Lester M. Narvaez, who delivered their welcoming remarks respectively. The participants were then introduced by Mr. Alwin Joseph M. Maceres.

To give the participants an introductory concept on rain-induced landslide, Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) Executive Director Dr. Cedric Daep was the first resource person to talk. He discussed the ‘Albay Experience on Rain-induced Landslides’.

Next to lecture was Ms. Nancy T. Lance, the Weather Services Chief of the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Southern Luzon PAGASA Regional Services Division (SLPRSD). She talked about how the weather and climate affect the possibilities for landslides.

As soil conditions also play a major role in landslide incidences, the Chief Geologist of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Ms. Arlene E. Dayao presented the ‘Landslide Hazards in the Province of Albay’. After all the invited resource persons were done with their discussions, the gathering proceeded with the learning sessions.

It started with the overview and introduction of the training proper, by KSU Campus Director and Program Leader Dr. Lope T. Buen. The first session of the day was about the presentation and discussion on the Landslide Susceptibility Assessment Guidebook.

After lunch, the training continued with two more learning sessions. Engr. Rhonjhon R. Garming, the KSU Planning and Strategy Director introduced the participants to the Penetrometer, better known as the ‘Swedish Weight Sounding Apparatus’. Then, Engr. Solomon Lao-aten, Extension Director and Chair of CEIT-KSU, taught the participants ‘Measurement of Rainfall Using Non-Recordable Rain Gauge’.

On the second day of the training, the participants were immersed in hands-on learning, as their activity were composed of environmental scanning, site and field visits, and the applications of the procedures they learned from the training sessions.