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PHIVOLCS Trains Tarlac Towns of Anao and Moncada Conduct Exposure Data Gathering using REDAS EDM android application
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 16:11

PHIVOLCS conducted a four-day training on exposure data collection for the Tarlac towns of Moncada and Anao from March 19 - 22, 2018.  Last January 29 to February 3, 2018,  nine Tarlac towns underwent a six day REDAS training through the support of the Office of Congressman Carlos O. Cojuangco of the First District of Tarlac.  The towns of Moncada and Anao were first among the batch who requested assistance from PHIVOLCS for help in developing their own exposure database that can be used for impact estimation.  The REDAS Exposure Database Module (EDM) android application version 2.6 was the tool used in data collection.  There was a total of 23 participants during the training with 15 representatives from Moncada and eight from Anao.  The survey was also conducted under the PHIVOLCS project “Seismic Risk Assessment of Selected Areas in the Philippines (SeRene)” which aims to generate earthquake impact assessment of Tarlac province for their use in disaster preparedness, emergency and land use planning

The pilot barangays chosen for the survey were Poblacion 3 for Moncada and Poblacion for Anao. On the first day, the participants were given overview of the Exposure Database Module and the UPD-ICE Building Typology. The second day was set for the lectures on REDAS as a risk assessment tool and the use of REDAS - EDM survey tool for Android Devices. An initial survey was done on the same day to provide them with first-hand training on the software. The rest of the assigned areas were completed on the third day. The data managers were taught how to prepare the survey data for the risk assessment procedure using REDAS software.They were also shown how the survey data would look like by using the REDAS-EDM for PC and QGIS.

PHIVOLCS staffs led by Engr. Angelito Lanuza and Johnlery Deximo visited Anao Mayor Betty B. Lacbayan and discussed with her the activities being conducted and the benefits to the town’s disaster risk reduction efforts

Although only one barangay was targeted by the team per town, the Moncada representatives surveyed a total of 206 buildings for Brgy. Poblacion 3 and Brgy. Poblacion 1. On the other hand, the Anao representatives gathered 196 data for Brgys. Poblacion and Brgy. San Juan. After the survey, the facilitators presented the comparison of the risk assessment using PSA Data and using survey data. On the last day of training, the municipalities set a timeline when which they would be able to accomplish the necessary procedures on risk assessment using REDAS. Both Moncada and Anao planned to finish the survey of their respective municipalities on May 5, 2018.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Angelito Lanuza, Johnlery Deximo, John Ted Sison, Lawrence Lontoc, Chayserie Moises-Canlas, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Alyssa Marie Bautista, Marcos Viñas, and Ian Javier.

Energy Sector's Earthquake Readiness Enhanced by Filipino Software
Thursday, 22 March 2018 16:09
DOE AND DOST MOVE TO SECURE THE ENERGY FACILITIES: The DOE and DOST signed on 16 March 2018 a Memorandum of Agreement (MO A) to enhance the capacity of the energy sector in assessing the risk hazards of an impending earthquake that may have adverse impacts on energy facilities and services as well as people. The MOA entails training on the use of the Filipino-made Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) software, which is a tool for preparing and responding to calamities and disasters. Sealing the deal with Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi is DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. with DOE Senior Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas and PHIVOLCS Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista as witnesses.

(Taguig City). “Wag na tayong magpatumpik-tumpik pa,” emphasized Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi during the signing of an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Friday (16 March) to use a Filipino-made software to enhance the capacity of all stakeholders in earthquake readiness.
This is a timely response to the magnitude 6.5-earthquake that hit Visayas last year, affecting electricity supply delivery in Leyte, Samar and Bohol. This incident revealed the vulnerability of the country’s energy systems to earthquakes.
Cusi pointed out: “It is the mandate of the DOE to ensure that energy services will be available to everyone immediately after an emergency situation.” This pronouncement supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to ensure disaster resilience.
“We need all available tools and technologies to enhance our resiliency planning and implementation,” Cusi emphasized, citing the threat of a magnitude 7.2-earthquake and other calamities, which pose risks to operations in the energy sector.
The Memorandum of Agreement (M OA)  entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Energy Sector on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development Through the Use of the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Software” was inked on 16 March at the DOE-Media Center in Taguig City by DOE Sec. Cusi and DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., and witnessed by DOE Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas and DOST- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista.
For the energy sector’s capacity enhancement, the MOA outlines the development of database on hazard, risk assessment and exposure to earthquake through the use of the DOST-PHIVOLCS’ REDAS software. It can be used as a tool for emergency preparedness, contingency planning and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction.
Under the MOA, the DOE and PHIVOLCS would undertake and pursue intensive REDAS training, endeavor knowledge and resources sharing to complement each other on the implementation of the program, among other assistance and cooperation needed for the attainment of the goals and objectives to prepare the energy sector on possible earthquake hazards.
REDAS will be helpful in providing quick and near-real-time simulated earthquake hazard information to disaster managers which will help them in assessing the distribution and extent of the impacts of a strong earthquake to their people and assets. The data generated could also provide information and insights for better resource management and asset resiliency.
REDAS can be used to compute ground-shaking, earthquake-induced landslides, liquefaction and even tsunamis. Other capabilities of the tool include earthquake sorting capability, generating seismicity maps, onscreen map digitization and building of database on earthquake hazard risks as well as wind hazards.
The partnership of the DOE and DOST-PHIVOLCS is also in line with the recently signed Department Circular No. ‎2018-01- 0001or the “Adoption of Energy Resiliency in the Planning and Programming of the Energy Sector to Mitigate Potential Impacts of Disasters”, also known as the Energy Resiliency Policy.
The Energy Resiliency Policy was issued as a foundation to make the Philippines an energy-resilient country. The policy also aims to unify the energy sector in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in its plans, programs and activities.
The policy likewise seeks to institutionalize the strengthening of energy systems and facilities, and to enable the quick restoration and provision of an alternative power source that will alleviate consumer conditions during emergencies and disasters.
“Because of this partnership with PHIVOLCS, more collaborative efforts within the energy sector will result and in the end, it will make the country more competitive,” Cusi concluded.



Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella
DOE Spokesperson
Pamsy L. Tioseco
Public/Media Affairs Office Head
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Sunday, 25 February 2018 10:22

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) will inaugurate the Ibajay Seismic Station on February 27, 2018 8:00 A.M. at Ibajay Seismic Station in Aklan State University, Ibajay, Aklan.

PHIVOLCS aims to expand the Philippine Seismic Network by establishing additional earthquake monitoring stations located strategically all over the country. The recently established station is located in Ibajay, Aklan. This station will significantly benefit not only the Province of Aklan but also the Panay Island and the whole country as well through increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in and around the province. These parameters are important inputs for detailed delineation of earthquake hazards that could possibly affect the province and the island of Panay which then is used for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response plans. These plans are very important tools for decisions made by authorities in the information provided to the public. These will also help us to respond properly when an earthquake occurs.

The Island of Panay is transected and bounded by active earthquake generators and therefore, large-magnitude earthquakes have occurred in the region such as the Magnitude 7.2 December 1621 earthquake that changed the course of Aklan River, and the 1948 Magnitude 8.1 Panay Island earthquake (The Lady Caycay earthquake) which is one of the biggest earthquakes in the Philippines and damaged numerous historical churches in Panay Island.

Following the inauguration, PHIVOLCS will hold a press conference dubbed as PHIVOLCS InfoSentro that aims to give an update regarding the earthquake monitoring stations located in Ibajay and nearby areas, and PHIVOLCS’ projects and Disaster Risk Reduction programs to enhance the public’s means of preparedness for geologic events.

For information about the event, please contact:

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, DOST

and Officer-in-Charge, PHIVOLCS

(632) 926-2611


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