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DOST-PHIVOLCS TO LAUNCH PHILIPPINE EARTHQUAKE MODEL ATLAS FOR DESIGNING EARTHQUAKE RESILIENT BUILDINGS
Monday, 08 January 2018 15:54

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) will launch the Philippine Earthquake Model (PEM) Atlas on January 17, 2018 at the 2/F Auditorium of PHIVOLCS Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

This atlas is a handbook of probabilistic seismic hazard maps that will aid engineers in designing earthquake resilient buildings and structures. It can also be used as a tool for land use and urban planning, and disaster risk management plans of LGUs, government agencies, and other stakeholders.

The PEM Atlas aims to promote and enhance the existing National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP), a referral code of the National Buidling Code (NBC). This will serve as basis for designing earthquake resilient structures like residential and commercial buildings, critical facilities such as dams, bridges, and hospitals, and hazardous installations such as nuclear, biological, and chemical facilities.

PEM Atlas contains the Peak Ground Acceleration Maps and Spectral Acceleration Maps. These maps were generated from the Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA) through the collaborative efforts and expertise of seismologists, geologists, engineers, and researchers from DOST-PHIVOLCS in consultation with Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), University of the Philippines Diliman – Institute of Civil Engineering (UPD-ICE), DOST- Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), De la Salle University (DLSU), National Housing Authority (NHA), Insurance Commission (IC), Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association, Inc (PIRA), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and Metro Manila local government units (LGUs).

Copies of PEM Atlas will be distributed to partners. Stakeholders may request a CD containing a digital copy of the PEM Atlas to DOST-PHIVOLCS.

 

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

 

[Download pdf - Press Release]

 
PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:55

PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Provision and Use of the REDAS Software" last September 18 - 23, 2017 for General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite. The training was held at Monte Vista Hotsprings & Conference Center, Brgy. Pansol, Calamba City. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for impact assessment.

There was a total of 19 participants during the training: MDRRMO (2), MPDC (2), MEO (2), Assessor's Office (1), ICT Office (2), Barangay Officials (4), DILG (1), BFP (1), Mayor's Office (1), Sangguniang Bayan Office (1), and guests from IBM Phils (2). The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9d.  A total of 21 REDAS software license keys was issued during the said event.

Group Picture of REDAS General Mariano Alvarez Participants

The first day of the training covered the introduction and installation of the REDAS Software, basic features of REDAS, and lecture on basic map reading. The succeeding days of the training covered lectures ranging from Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. The two new REDAS impact modules Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) and Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLOAT) were also taught in the training. In addition, software such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, and the EDM and MyTracks in Android devices were also taught during the training. The participants were taught how to use the EDM in Android Devices for conducting building survey. Different earthquake risk assessment methodologies and computations were also taught in the training, as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome Bautista giving a lecture on  Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module

The participants showed enthusiasm during the duration of the training. According to them, the tool will be able to help them determine the possible impacts from given earthquake scenarios. The convenience of the EDM for Android Devices was also a big help for them to prepare and plan accordingly by developing their own building exposure database.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, Angelito G. Lanuza, Jayvie H. Nadua, Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Johnlery P. Deximo, Emmanuel D. Mitiam, Mary Ann T. Montion, Roschele G. Ablan, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Joana C. Umbaña, and Chayserie A. Moises.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo, Bernard R. Punzalan II, both from PAGASA as well as  Nilo Lemuel J. Dolojan and Byron V. Baldivicio, both from MGB.

 
PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Davao City
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:43

PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Provision and Use of the REDAS Software" last September 4 - 9, 2017 for Davao City. The training was held at Grand Regal Hotel, Davao City. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for risk assessment.

There was a total of 35 participants during the training; CDRRMO (6), Public Safety (2), CENRO (2), CVO (2), CHO (2), CSSDO (2), Agri Office (1), CBO (2), Accounting (2), CPDO (2), CEO (1), Mindanao Development Authority (1), DILG XI (2), DepEd (2), DOST XI (2), and University of Southeastern Philippines (2). The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9d. A total of 33 REDAS software license keys was issued during the said event.

PHIVOLCS Trainers teach Davao City participants on how to use the REDAS EDM android application for collecting building exposure data

The first day of the training covered the introduction and installation of the REDAS Software, basic features of REDAS, and lecture on basic map reading. The succeeding days of the training covered lectures ranging from Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. The two new REDAS impact modules Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) and Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLOAT) were also taught in the training. In addition, software such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, and the EDM and MyTracks in Android devices were also taught during the training. The participants were taught how to use the EDM in Android Devices for conducting building survey. Different earthquake risk assessment methodologies and computations were also taught in the training, as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

The participants showed enthusiasm during the duration of the training. According to them, the tool will be able to help them determine the possible impacts from given earthquake scenarios. The convenience of the EDM for Android Devices was also a big help for them to prepare and plan accordingly by developing their own building exposure database.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, Angelito G. Lanuza, Jayvie H. Nadua, Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Johnlery P. Deximo, Emmanuel D. Mitiam, Mary Ann T. Montion, Roschele G. Ablan, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Joana C. Umbaña, and Chayserie A. Moises.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo, Bernard R. Punzalan II, both from PAGASA as well as  Nilo Lemuel J. Dolojan and Byron V. Baldivicio, both from MGB.

Group Picture of REDAS Davao City Participants

 

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, Angelito G. Lanuza, Janila B. Deocampo, Analyn D. Aquino, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Joana C. Umbaña, and Svetlana C. Tequin.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo, Bernard R. Punzalan II, both from PAGASA as well as  Allen June B. Buenavista and Allen Mark P. Abanilla from MGB.

 
DAP AWARDS “CENTER OF EXCELLENCE ON PUBLIC SECTOR PRODUCTIVITY” TO DOST-PHIVOLCS
Thursday, 07 September 2017 17:16

 

The Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas and the PHIVOLCS FaultFinder, two of the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) initiatives, has been recognized by the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP), the Asian Productivity Organization's designated Center of Excellence on Public Sector Productivity, under the categories of Innovation and Productivity Initiatives: e-Government Leadership and Innovation Leadership.

The VFS Atlas and the PHIVOLCS FaultFinder were designed to give the public accurate information on the location of active faults and to aid the stakeholders in their land-use planning, risk assessments, disaster management and other activities related to earthquake effects mitigation and preparedness.

 

Launched on 18 May 2015, the VFS Atlas is a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, an active fault in the eastern part of the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA). 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 back in 2012. The VFS Atlas makes information readily available to different stakeholders inquiring about areas transected by the VFS.

Scientists at work. Geologists from DOST-PHIVOLCS at the trench site in Carmona, Cavite.

 

PHIVOLCS Fault Finder is a web and android application capable to do proximity searches to active faults. It may be used to determine the location of Active Faults in an area and to measure the shortest distance between an active fault and a user's current location, which is determined by the gadget's tracking device. It may also be used to measure the shortest distance between an active fault and a specific site, which is identified by a user.

This app is a product of the joint collaboration between the DOST-PHIVOLCS, Geological Survey of Japan (GSJ), National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan. It was developed by Dr. Joel C. Bandibas of GSJ with the cooperation of the research and development personnel of DOST-PHIVOLCS.

1,000 printed copies of VFS Atlas were handed out to local government units, national government agencies, and other stakeholders. As of June 2017, 1,611 of the digital copies of the Atlas were distributed in CDs, while 107,036 were downloaded online. Requests for ground rupture hazard assessment as well as lectures for earthquakes and earthquake hazards also increased dramatically following the release of the Atlas.

More than 170,000 users from around the world have visited the FaultFinder site since its launch in July 2016. In the Philippines, majority of its users have searched for information about the Valley Fault System.

 

DOST-PHIVOLCS distributes a CD containing a digital copy of the VFS Atlas for free. Stakeholders can also download a copy online from DOST-PHIVOLCS official website (www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph).  Go to http://faultfinder.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph or download the app using your android phones to find active fault nearest you.

 
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