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January 31, 2022 | Online

2022 Membership Fee Payment Deadline

GSP 2022 Membership Fee Payment Deadline: 31 January 2022

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Payment methods available: Online bank transfer, Gcash, Grabpay, CoinsPH, Truemoney, Dragonpay, Cliqq, etc (or you may upload proof of bank transfer, subject to admin verification).

Official receipts will be uploaded to your GSP website profiles. Members who paid by 31 January 2022 may avail of the GeoCon 2022 early bird rate. Penalty fees will be incurred for payments made after this date.

February 15, 2022 | Online


The Geological Society of the Philippines invites its active members to nominate individuals for Outstanding Geologist of 2022. Duly filled out nomination forms should be sent to not later than 15 February 2022.
For more details and to access the nomination form, please visit

Previous Events

June 25, 2020 | Online

Webinar of Jenny Barretto (GNS Science, New Zealand)

The GSP hosted its 5th webinar on June 25, 2020. Jenny Barretto, a Geologist/Geophysicist from GNS Science, New Zealand gave a talk on "Apolaki Caldera: Morphology, Structure and Implications for the Formation and Potential Resources of the Philippine Rise."

Using NAMRIA’S multibeam bathymetry grid, seismic reflection, gravity and magnetic data as well as published data on rock compositions and ages, they discovered the volcanic caldera as the most prominent feature of the Benham Rise in the West Philippine Basin.

Below is the link to the video recording of the webinar:

June 15, 2020 | Online

Financial Literacy Webinar (Regan Financial Agency Philamlife)

The GSP hosted a webinar on financial literacy on June 15, 2020 with speakers from the Regan Financial Agency Philamlife. Dr. Victor Maglambayan, a GSP Trustee, retired geologist and currently a Financial Advisor, talked about “Financial Goal-setting in the Covid-19 Era."

Mr. Reynold Gan, Agency Manager and member of the Million Dollar Roundtable, gave his talk on "Financial Lessons from the Pandemic." Lastly, Ms. Edna Gan, Agency Manager and also a geologist, discussed "Protection Products for these Times and Beyond.” Below is the link to the video recording:

If you are interested to know more about financial literacy and protection products, please contact Dr. Victor Maglambayan (09285064869), Katrina Abrasaldo (09178333347) and Genesis Cellona (09286569157).

June 9, 2020 | Online

Webinar of Dr. Bayani Cardenas (University of Texas at Austin)

The GSP conducted its third webinar on June 09, 2020. The talk was given by Dr. Bayani Cardenas, Professor at the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin. His talk on "Groundwater and surface water as a single resource - some examples from the Philippines” highlighted the high rates of submarine groundwater discharge (SGD) in Philippine coastal waters. He presented their team’s investigation on SGD in Pangasinan and Batangas utilizing electrical resistivity methods, groundwater flow simulations, radon isotope tracers and measurements of pCO2, salinity and temperature.

Their results suggest that SGD may extend offshore through faults and fractures and exit through openings that are either directly open to the sea or buried under sea bottom sediments. They also suggested the role of volcanic degassing of CO2 in Batangas as driving the release of CO2 bubbles in the sea bottom.

Dr. Cardenas emphasized that groundwater interacting with coastal waters can affect delicate coastal ecosystems and marine biodiversity in the country. As a note, the Philippine archipelago has the 6th longest coastline in the world. With this information, Dr. Cardenas highlighted the need to consider groundwater-coastal water interaction in managing coastal resources.

Below is the link to the video recording of the webinar:

May 26, 2020 | Online

Webinar of Dr. Jun Abrajano (KAUST, Saudi Arabia)

The Geological Society of the Philippines conducted its second webinar on May 26, 2020 with Dr. Teofilo Abrajano Jr. as the guest speaker. Dr. Abrajano is the director of the Office of Sponsored Research (OSR) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia. The following are the highlights of his talk on “Geoscience in a Post-COVID-19 world: A Perspective.”

(1) The concept of foresight and active resiliency was presented as important in this time of COVID-19 pandemic. This concept looks into understanding the drivers of risk from which strategies and outcomes may be formulated to benefit the communities and from which challenges and opportunities may also be identified.

(2) Potential features of a post-COVID-19 world include statistical results showing the negative impacts of the pandemic and COVID-19 global outlook that features the presence of risks arising from prolonged recession, geopolitics, and accelerated technology adoption among others. In a post-COVID-19 world, every business is a health business. More so, it necessitates reinvention of authority among others.

(3) The pre-COVID-19 situation of the geosciences plays around the following major considerations: (a) understanding the complex Earth systems; (b) reducing vulnerability and sustaining life; (c) sustainable resource utilization and; (d) growing the geoscience workforce. With the pandemic, granular trends in addressing issues that impact the human life (e.g. geohazards, health-related) can either be accelerated or decelerated.

(4) With the pandemic, emerging trends in the activities and opportunities for the geosciences arise. These include (a) identifying the “geo-impact” to human health; (b) having an interface between geology and biology/microbiology and (c) dwelling on real-time observations and big data analytics among others. The resource sector has also been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, both positively and negatively. The precious metals and base metals have so far performed well, in contrast to the crude and natural gas sectors which have suffered a downward market trend during this time of pandemic.

(5) With the pandemic, foresight would be a prolonged recession or another pandemic occurring. This, however, should be taken also as an opportunity for the geosciences, bearing in mind the considerations during the pre-COVID-19 situation as outlined above.

Below is the link to the video recording of the webinar:

May 14, 2020 | Online

GSP's 1st Online Panel Discussion: Geosciences in the New Normal

The Geological Society of the Philippines hosted the first online panel discussion entitled “Geosciences in the new normal” last May 14, 2020. Speakers from the academe (Dr. Mario Aurelio, NIGS), government (Ms. Liza Juanico-Manzano, MGB) and industry (Mr. Joey Ayson, PMEA) were invited to talk about plans, adjustments and innovations made, and opportunities arising from the “new normal.” This event brought together 137 participants from the Philippines and other countries.

The salient points brought up during the panel discussion are as follows:

(1) The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted to the institution of additional safety guidelines/procedures and other safeguards in all sectors. These include (a) instituting alternative work schemes for all employees such as provision for virtual section meeting from home and creation of a skeletal work force), and (b) transitioning to online modes of learning and teaching which may require modifying the course syllabus and course program curriculum. Teaching field and laboratory courses, however, remain a challenge.

(2) With the “new normal”, activities in all geoscience sectors need to be either modified or be fully suspended for safety concerns. These include (a) offering academic courses that require fieldwork or OJT to a later date, (b) offering geology board review classes online, (c) suspending laboratory services in both the academe and the government, (d) limiting or canceling all fieldworks (e.g. research related, government-related programs, mine exploration work) and attendance to local and foreign trainings, and (e) suspending CPD requirements for the renewal of license until 2021.

(3) The cancelation or suspension of some activities has led to: (a) the realignment of budget (e.g. for research to fund government’s COVID-related efforts), and (b) the reduction of outputs or deliverables for ongoing projects.

(4) Given the high metal price, the mining industry is in the best position among the sectors in the geosciences to help the government in its economic recovery efforts. This provides an opportunity for the mining industry to promote itself. It was proposed that a road map be drafted (by mine sector representatives, with the participation of the GSP) as to how mining will be able to help the government in its recovery programs in the new normal.  

(5) Amidst the COVID situation, procedural requirements (e.g. processing of permits, certificates and other documents) are still being done by government agencies. Documents (e.g. mine-related) submitted by different stakeholders are still being received by the government offices (e.g. MGB Central and regional offices) as well. The geology board examination this year will be held as scheduled.  Changes have happened due to the pandemic and we expect more changes to happen. We will adapt to the situation and we will exert all efforts to adapt quickly to the new normal and parameters. The GSP will continue to provide service and compassion as we strive towards resiliency for the profession and its members in a post-COVID world.