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Investigators not ruling out arson after loss of documents It was something they didn’t expect to happen. Various documents of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Central Visayas (DENR-7) went up in smoke in an early dawn blaze which struck the old DENR compound in Banilad, Mandaue City on Monday. The fire department […]

Posted: March 13th, 2017 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

No build zones

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Landslide hit areas in Sitios Kan-irag and Tawagan II in Barangay Sirao will become a no-build zone. This developed after Cebu City and Sirao barangay officials said yesterday that they would enforce the recommendation of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas (MGB-7) to keep the landslide-stricken areas as no-build zones. The move would […]

Posted: January 20th, 2017 in Headlines | Read More »

Globe, Phivolcs team up in developing hazard and risk information maps

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GLOBE Telecom has teamed up with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) in developing data base for 56 provinces. The information are integrated with the Phivolcs-developed Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (Redas) software, a hazard simulation software of Phivolcs that aims to produce seismic hazard and risk maps immediately after the occurrence of […]

Posted: November 17th, 2016 in Community | Read More »

New lot eyed for school


The Cebu City Council authorized Mayor Michael Rama to negotiate and purchase a lot for the Sapangdaku Elementary School. The school is located along a river which has been identified as a flood-prone area by the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). Councilor Nendell Hanz Abella cited an incident last year in which the students were […]

Posted: June 28th, 2015 in Headlines | Read More »

Smartphone app to identify disaster-prone areas


A smartphone application that will identify disaster-prone areas in Central Visayas is being developed by the regional Mines and Geosciences Bureau-7 (MGB-7). Al Emil Birador, MGB-7 chief geologist, said they already finished conducting geohazard mapping to identify critical areas in Region 7. He also said they gave geohazard maps to all local government units (LGUs) […]

Posted: May 18th, 2015 in Headlines | Read More »

Capitol dads ban backhoes in Sapangdaku river quarrying


The Cebu Provincial Board (PB) yesterday approved a resolution banning the use of backhoes in river quarrying. The measure came days after the Toledo City Council issued a resolution to halt quarrying in the Sapangdaku River in barangay Magdugo for the next five years. The resolution  authored by PB Member Grecilda Sanchez-Zaballero of the 3rd […]

Posted: March 3rd, 2015 in Featured Stories,Headlines | Read More »

Sinkhole swallows ‘half a mountain’ in Alcantara; another found in Badian town


Two new sinkholes, one of which was described as having caused “half a mountain to collapse”, were discovered in the towns of Alcantara and Badian in southern Cebu last week. Arturo Palencia, Alcantara Municipal Engineer, said his office received a report that a sinkhole measuring 35 feet deep formed in the slope of a mountain […]

Posted: January 4th, 2015 in Headlines | Read More »