Philippines: Facing shortage of government geologists, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau region XI (MGB-XI), Philippines, is considering taking help from geology students and private mining geologists to fast-track the completion of its 1:10,000 scale geo-hazard maps.
According to Regional Director Edilberto Arreza, there is only one government geologist working in the region. Speaking to PIA, Arreza said, “One geologist can only do eight towns in one year.” There are about 47 towns and cities in region XI. If we have more geologists we can map more towns, added Arreza.
The Bureau is planning to take help from on-the-job trainee (OJT) students for the mapping project. Arreza said that the students will be paid for their services. The MGB is also considering taking help from mining geologists to map the towns adjacent to their mining sites. For this purpose, MGB is preparing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the schools and mining companies.