PHIVOLCS, OCD launch Valley Fault System Atlas
Monday, 18 May 2015 18:20

With the consolidated mapping activities of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and efforts by partner-agencies, the Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas, a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, was finally unveiled on May 18, 2015 at the institute’s auditorium, Quezon City.

It can be recalled that PHIVOLCS’ mapping efforts redefined the location of fault traces and validated previously mapped traces of the VFS.

The atlas was a result of PHIVOLCS’ review of the VFS as one of the component activities of the AusAid-funded GMMA Ready Project under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) back in 2012.

The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) with two fault traces: the 10 km long East Valley Fault in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake which poses threat to people’s lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood.

Director Renato U. Solidum Jr. of PHIVOLCS said that the location of active faults is a major basis for people’s preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response, and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures. Future development needs to consider these faults so people won’t be at risk.

Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama, Administrator of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Executive Director of NDRRMC emphasized in his keynote message that the atlas is a solid reference in the selection of evacuation centers, safe routes and other risk management items.

“Extensive preparations and proper coordination of actions and sharing of expertise are in order so that we can, as a national team, win this important game in our administration of our duties and responsibilities, not only to your partners and shareholders but to your constituents as well,” he added.

UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra said in his message that it’s not the earthquakes that kill people but the poor planning practices, inadequate preparedness and the lack of application of appropriate building standards.

Chairperson Atty. Francis Tolentino stated in a message that as a partner of the GMMA Ready project, the Metropolitan Meanila Development Authority (MMDA) vows to help in decreasing the vulnerability of GMMA to natural hazards and strengthening its resiliency by managing disaster and climate change risks.

Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City expressed his appreciation upon receiving a copy of the atlas and showed willingness to look into the stability of the city’s infrastructures.

Mayor Reynaldo San Pedro of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, officers of Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and project partners from Philippine Atmospheric and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Climate Change Commission, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also attended the launching and received copies of the material.

 
PRESS RELEASE: VALLEY FAULT SYSTEM ATLAS LAUNCH FOR EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS
Friday, 15 May 2015 17:45

Manila, Philippines, 18 May 2015

 

The Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas, a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, was launched and distributed to local government officials at  9am on May 18, 2015 at the 2/F Auditorium, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Building,  C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

In 2012, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) revisited the VFS as one of the component activities of the Australian Aid (AusAid) Program-funded GMMA Ready Project under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The mapping efforts discovered new fault traces and validated previously mapped traces of the VFS.

The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) composed of two fault segments: the 10 km long East Valley Fault (EVF) in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault (WVF) runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake with M 7.2 which poses threat to peoples lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood.

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director of DOST-PHIVOLCS, says that “Key to people’s awareness and preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response, and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures, is the location of active faults. The Valley Fault System Atlas was conceptualized as a handy reference for everyone to serve as a guide in making sure that areas traversed by active faults are avoided as sites of houses and structures and considered in various mitigation and response actions to enhance the safety and resilience of communities to strong earthquake events.”

The importance of the VFS Atlas to local governments is stressed by NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama. He states that “Through the publication of this Atlas, we have taken a leap forward to reducing risk from earthquake. This tool will help us in our national DRRM effort to build safer, disaster-resilient and climate-change adaptive communities throughout the country.”

“UNDP advocates an integrated and systematic risk management approach to prevent or lessen the impacts of disasters. Nobody can accurately predict exactly when or where an earthquake will occur- the best we can do is to be informed where the risks and vulnerabilities potentially are and prepare and plan ahead for these. VFS Atlas is a critical tool to support development planning and programming. If development is not risk informed, it is not sustainable,” say UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra.

The launching was graced by local chief executives and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and project partners from Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Climate Change Commission, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

 

Contact:For information about the event, please contact:

Ester Garrido/Princess Decierdo- 927 45 24 

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) - Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

For clarification about the VFS Atlas, queries can be directed to Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director-PHIVOLCS -  926 26 11

 
PISAY, now duty-bearers for disaster risk reduction
Friday, 08 May 2015 05:54
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Being identified as important ground for disaster risk reduction education, Philippine Science High School campuses in the country sent their faculty and staff to a comprehensive training-workshop facilitated by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).The three-day "Training on Disaster Risk Reduction: The Role of Philippine Science High School (PSHS or Pisay) System" held on April 28-30 at PHIVOLCS auditorium, was intended for PISAY being an institution under the umbrella of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Upon the enactment of RA10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, DOST became Vice Chair for Prevention and Mitigation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and furthered its involvement not only in the national but also in regional, provincial and local levels.

With the restructured NDRRMC, DOST Regional Offices are expected to be well-capacitated as duty-bearers and members of the local DRRM Councils.PHIVOLCS personnel, headed by Dr Renato U Solidum, Jr, and experts from PAGASA, NAMRIA, OCD and MGB served as speakers during the training.

The objective of the training was for the participants to understand the role of DOST and DOST-attached agencies in the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Structure in the local levels (in the case of PSHS- their specific campus sites).

The training started off with an overview of the functions and services of involved agencies, the different natural hazards and disasters, a discussion on the operations of the national weather monitoring system and national earthquake monitoring system, early warning system. It was also emphasized the importance of understanding the issuance of advisories and alerts. PHIVOLCS discussed volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and their hazards, its Earthquake Intensity Scale and Multi-Parameter Volcano Monitoring System and National Monitoring Network for Earthquake and Tsunami, school-based earthquake preparedness and how to conduct earthquake drill and preparing an earthquake evacuation plan, and its hazard maps and information products.

 
PHIVOLCS Participates in the PacWave15
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:47

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) joined the Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 (PacWave15) on 03-06 February 2015. PacWave15 aims to test the new Operational Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) Enhanced Products of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Service (PTWS).  It simulated Pacific countries, of which, the Philippines is a member, receiving Tsunami Information with the earthquake parameters, forecasted tsunami height and arrival time.

For the Philippines, two scenarios were used. First, a M9.0 earthquake from off the coast of Peru generating a distant tsunami that will reach the eastern coast of the country in 22 hours with tsunami heights of 0.3m to 1.0m above the tide level. Secondly, a M8.6 earthquake from the Manila Trench generating a local tsunami that will affect the west Philippine coast within few minutes. The warning information was used to test the current PHIVOLCS Tsunami Standard Operating Procedures in assessing the tsunami threat in the country, and issuing timely as well as accurate information for early action.

PHIVOLCS-DOST
06 February 2015

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