July 22, 2020 | Online
Webinar of Usec Wimpy Fuentebella (Department of Energy)
The GSP hosted its 7th webinar on July 22, 2020. Felix William ‘Wimpy’ B. Fuentebella, Spokesperson and Undersecretary of the Department of Energy (DOE) gave a talk on " The Now and Future of the Philippine Energy Sector."
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Energy (DOE) ensured that energy resources are available to the public and that the delivery of their services as ‘backliners’ did not stop. The priorities of DOE are: to ensure least cost power for consumers; provide accessible, affordable and secure power supply; and protect the environment while addressing climate change concerns.
Usec Fuentebella also reported that the domestic oil situation is stable for the coming months and years. However, DOE is still closely monitoring oil supply and promoting local sources of energy. He also emphasized the importance of the development of renewable energy and green energy to reduce reliance on non-renewable energy sources.
Here is the link to the video recording of the webinar: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1192257021158625
July 9, 2020 | Online
Webinar of Mariton Bornas (PHIVOLCS-DOST)
The GSP hosted its 6th webinar on July 9, 2020. Ma. Antonia V. Bornas, Chief Science Research Specialist of Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division of PHIVOLCS-DOST gave a talk on "Volcano Monitoring in the Philippines in the last Decade."
Various monitoring systems operated by PHIVOLCS on the most active volcanoes in the country such as Mayon and Taal ensure that we are up to date with any signs of volcanic activity.
Below is the link to the video recording of the webinar:
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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: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=4179307505443076
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: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1467330233446688
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: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=799852050548040