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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.


Geocon 2022

December 5, 2022 |

Dear GSP members,

Kindly mark your calendars and block off the dates December 5 - 7, 2022 for the annual GeoCon! This year's theme is "Disruptions, transformations - Geosciences at the forefront".

We will post more details about this year's GeoCon in the coming weeks.

Carla B. Dimalanta, D.Sc.
GeoCon 2022 Organizing Committee, Scientific Program


promote science of geology


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.

 foster the spirit of scientific research


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.

disseminate knowledge concerning the geology


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.

to protect and maintain a high professional and ethical standard


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


As we come to the end of this year, I wish to focus on all the good that have happened to us as the Geological Society of the Philippines and what we hope for in the coming year.

We started the year with a sense of somehow having adjusted to the “new normal”, thanks to the leadership of our former Board of Trustees and the various committees that continued to function despite the restrictions on mobility. Having successfully conducted the first ever virtual GEOCON in 2020, this year’s Board members gained enough confidence to push ahead with a virtual international congress, the GEOSEA XVI, dovetailed with the GEOCON 2021. For the entire year, the organizing committee, led by Undersecretary Dr. Renato Solidum with much support from Dr. Betchaida Payot, Dr. Carla Dimalanta, Dr. Teresito Bacolcol, and Dr. Graciano Yumul, Jr., and fueled by the energy of colleagues from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, and from the graduate students of the Rushurgent Working Group of the National Institute of Geological Sciences at the University of the Philippines, worked tirelessly to prepare for the international meeting. I commend everyone who contributed to the effort in making the GEOSEA XVI/GEOCON 2021 a huge success! We continue to receive accolades from colleagues in the international community for how well the meeting was organized and for the high level of scientific discussions that came out of it. Kudos to the organizing committee and to the huge number of our members who virtually showed up for the conference!

In conjunction with the promotion of the GSP at the international scene, the Society was also one of the first four countries to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on the establishment of the ASEAN Federation of Geological Organizations (AFGeO). The MOU, signed in April this year, outlines the aims of promoting policies, plans and projects related to the geosciences as well as to promote educational, research and professional opportunities for its members. The AFGeO also aims to maintain cooperation and dialogue among the member societies. Under this new umbrella organization, the GEOSEA will continue to be organized as the regional biennial meeting of the Federation. The GSP is proud to have been an active participant in the establishment of the AFGeO and we will continue to be a driving force in the group as we lead the discussions, through our designated country representative, Mr. Ciceron Angeles, Jr., the GSP’s current Vice President, on the Mutual Recognition of Professional Qualifications for the geological profession in the region. This is with the end in view of establishing the guidelines for what an ASEAN geologist should be and to what standards the profession across the region must live up to.

At the local scene, the GSP worked to live up to its mandate of promoting the science of Geology through the conduct of several webinars that featured researchers and practitioners from here and abroad. We are likewise happy to have the Philippine Mineral Reporting Code or 2020 PMRC finally approved last 4 November 2021! I congratulate the PMRC Committee of the GSP and all other groups in the mining and exploration sectors  for ensuring that this is finally accomplished.

We also steered the Society’s direction towards playing a more active role in the development of research, policies, and even in shaping public opinion by introducing the organization to heads of institutions, particularly to the Department of Science and Technology. As we are a collegial body of numerous experts, the services we can provide to the country towards national development is boundless. This is what we have made our new partners aware of. So, beginning 2022, the GSP will form part of the consultative body for a DOST-funded research on the management of mineralized watersheds and abandoned mining areas. There are other similar opportunities that will definitely open this coming year. I look forward to when GSP as an organization is regularly tapped by various agencies for consultative meetings.

Housekeeping activities also kept the various committees of the Society busy in 2021. One of the biggest changes that we have done is to make renewal of membership and payments easier, and more accessible. These functions can now be done remotely, via online transactions, in the safety of one’s home or office, or from the field. Visit our website https://geolsocphil.com/ for details. Additionally, minor reorganizations within the committees have been introduced. The GSP now has a dedicated group for the organization of self-directed activities such as webinars and trainings, and another one for public relations (originally designated as the Website Committee). To improve services to its members, the Society is also now working with a new administrative support company, the Happy Hive. 

Various public service activities were also organized or funded by the GSP. We facilitated discussions between the BS Geology graduates who have yet to take the boards and the PRC Board of Geology to thresh out issues related to this year’s examinations. In relation to that, and in recognizing the challenges that the examinees are facing, we have extended some financial assistance to defray some of their expenses. A PhP100k donation to the Philippine General Hospital was also made to support their work after a fire severely affected the hospital’s analytical laboratories. As we were just about to enjoy the Christmas holidays, disaster struck the country once again when super typhoon Rai (Odette) crossed the Visayas-Mindanao regions. The GSP immediately sent out financial donations to Palawan and Negros, where some of our members are based, and where aid from other organizations were hard to come by. As of date, we continue to ask for assistance from our members to augment the shortages that the typhoon-affected communities are experiencing.

As we welcome the coming year, the Board of Trustees will be joined by three new members: Mr. Joel Ayson, Ms. Gizella Gonzales, and Dr. Rogel Santos. We also thank the three outgoing trustees for their exemplary service to our organization these past three years: Dr. Carla Dimalanta, Dr. Karlo Queaño, and Mr. Ciceron Angeles, Jr. We are lucky to be served by such competent and enthusiastic members!

To sum things up: 2021 has been a very productive year for the GSP, thanks to its members’ active participation in the Society’s many activities. We can only expect things to be better this coming 2022. On behalf of the current BOT, thank you very much for the opportunity to have been of service to all of you!

Decibel V. Faustino-Eslava, Ph.D.

GSP President