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MGB advises developers and LGUs to heed the guidance to prevent calamity.

In order to prevent calamities in the future, the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) 10 (Northern Mindanao) advised local government units (LGUs) and land developers on Friday to follow agency recommendations.

According to MGB-10 Chief Geologist Osin Sinsuat Jr., even if the organization lacks the authority to enforce geohazard identification reports, if developers and LGUs abide by the rules, many lives could be saved from potential environmental hazards like landslides, mudflows, or sinkholes.

In an interview with reporters, Sinsuat stated: “As we usually remind them (LGUs and land developers), we always stick to our conclusions. MGB assessments are scientific and non-negotiable.

Before granting land developers a license to work on converting submitted lands to housing subdivisions, the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development’s technical working group requires an MGB report.

Before sanctioning housing developments, the LGUs also demand the environmental compliance certificates provided by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources oversees both the MGB and EMB.

In some cases, according to Sinsuat, contractors fail to abide by the advice, particularly when developers are granted permissions.

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