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Lack of geologists delay hazard-mapping

Davao City, Philippines: Lack of government geologists delayed three-year geo-hazard mapping programme in Philippines, Philippine Information Agency reported. Under this programme, the whole country is to be mapped at 1:10000 scale.

Beverly Mae Brevante, officer-in-charge of the Geosciences Division of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau –XI (MGB-XI) said that there are only two geologists working on the maps for the whole of the region. “Ideally it should be 10-15 geologists working,” Brevante added. She explained that the competitive mining industry is the reason for the dearth of government geologists. According to Brevante, there are no applicants for government positions as geologists are making a beeline to the private mining industry which dangles higher pay.

Due to the Salary Standardization Law, a government geologist receives around P28,000 (Salary Grade 18). Whereas an unlicensed geologist receives a starting pay of P30,000 in the private sector. Licensed geologists are paid as much as P300,000.

Early this year MGB director Leo Jasareno revealed that the government had lost 86 geologists to high-paying private mining companies and the more lucrative overseas work.

Source: PIA