The Geological Society of the Philippines (GSP) is the only accredited integrated professional organization (AIPO) of geologists in the Philippines by the Professional Regulation Commission.
The organization works and supports initiatives to advance the science and profession of geology and related fields, including raising public awareness on Earth’s dynamic systems and natural events that impact the society. This goal is attained through the conduct of trainings, symposia, local and international conferences, seminars and online education activities such as webinars and discussion forums.
The GSP encourages its members to pursue scientific research to generate new knowledge and scientific data that contribute to a better understanding of the geology and tectonics of the Philippines, in particular, and geosciences, in general. The annual Geological Convention (GeoCon) provides a good opportunity for the exchange of ideas among Filipino and foreign geoscientists. Significant contributions and advances in the field have also been documented in the Journal of the Geological Society of the Philippines.
GSP organizes and supports forums that inform its members of the latest ideas and developments in the study of Philippine tectonics, Asian tectonics and related topics like metallogenesis, seismology and geohazards, among others.
Geology is a noble profession requiring high degree of morality, technical knowledge and personal responsibility to co-professionals, employers and clients, and to the community
2020 Third Quarter Report
On behalf of the Board of Trustees and other officers of the Geological Society of the Philippines, let me share with you our 3rd quarter report for 2020. This coincides with the more than 6 months that we have been under various forms of community quarantine. Despite the restrictions brought about by the global pandemic, the Society has nevertheless found ways to “virtually” celebrate its 75th anniversary and to continue serving its members and other stakeholders.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary and to encourage remote learning during the community quarantine, the Society gave free access to a selected number of papers which had been published in the Journal of the Geological Society of the Philippines. From April 15-May 30, 2020, 355 individuals were able to freely access these publications.
Last May 14, 2020, we kicked off a series of webinars starting with an online panel discussion of what the new normal will be for the geosciences. This was followed by talks given by colleagues on varied topics - from groundwater, a giant caldera, volcano monitoring, the future of the Philippine energy sector and even financial literacy.
GSP also continued to provide a platform and venue to discuss one of the recent hot topics featured in the news and in social media. The online forum on Manila Bay last September 18, 2020 was watched by more than 1,000 participants (geologists and non-geologists) on 3 platforms. Posts on Facebook were shared 272 times and reached more than 17,000 people.
During the early weeks of the global pandemic, GSP promptly responded to the health crisis by making a donation to the PGH Foundation Inc. We provided financial assistance to help address the need of healthcare workers for personal protective equipment. The Society also responded to the request for financial assistance to help incoming freshmen geology students who will be doing remote learning for the first time.
We also launched the “new look” of GSP’s website on September 2, coinciding with the Society’s anniversary. Among the new features of the website is the membership portal which allows members to create their profiles and update their information.
We are now busy with preparations leading up to our culminating activity, the first Virtual Geological Convention on December 1-3, 2020. We hope that the virtual mode will allow us to reach more of our members across the Philippines especially those who are not able to come to Manila for this gathering. We are also expecting some of the GSP members who are based outside the Philippines to join this year’s GeoCon. Announcements and updates will be posted at our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Geological-Society-of-the-Philippines-172188472827844. Recordings of past webinars are also available there.
Please continue to support the endeavours of GSP this year and in the coming years. We hope to see everyone at the Virtual Geocon!
Carla B. Dimalanta, D.Sc.