The Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), thru the Geological Laboratory Services Section of the Lands Geological Survey Division (GLSS-LGSD), continues to enhance its capabilities with the second installment of a three-day in-house training on “Basic Paleontological Analysis and Paleoenvironment and Geographic Information System (GIS)” held last June 02 - 04, 2021. The training program consisted of a series of lectures focused on the identification of small benthic foraminifera and their application to paleoenvironment interpretation and paleobathymetry as well as several hands-on exercises for the participants. The training was attended by geologists from the LGSD and a geologist from the Marine Geological Survey Division.

Lectures on the morphology, identification, significance to paleoenvironment and GIS applications of planktonic and small benthic foraminifera were given by Mr. Raymond Thaddeus C. Ancog and Ms. Anace Jenica P. De Vera of the Paleontology Laboratory Unit of the GLSS. The techniques on GIS in relation to the proposed paleontology database project were also demonstrated. The participants also put their skills on foraminifera identification and age dating to a test during the microscopy exercises, which they also presented on the last day of the training.

This training entitled, “Basic Paleontological Analysis and Paleoenvironment and GIS” is part of a series of capacity-building programs that the GLSS will be spearheading this year to enhance the skills of MGB geologists in the different geological laboratory services including Paleontology, Petrography and Sedimentology.


By: Lands Geological Survey Division





Photos of geologists who participated in the training.