Province of Pangasinan LGUs trains on REDAS version 2.9
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:51

Six-day training on "Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the Provision and Use of the REDAS Software" for the province of Pangasinan was conducted from August 22 to 27, 2016. The training was held at The President Hotel - Annex Building, Lingayen, Pangasinan. The goal of this training is to familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for risk assessment.

REDAS training speakers and facilitators together with participants from LGUs of Pangasinan, DPWH NIR, UN OCHA, DPWH NOED2, and MMSU

A total of 47 participants attended the training.  Forty-one of them from the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Pangasinan, two from DPWH NIR, two from UN OCHA, one from DPWH NOED2, and one from MMSU. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9 with a total of 42 REDAS software license keys were issued during the said event.

The training consists of lectures and workshop/hands-on activities. The program covered - introduction of PHIVOLCS, installation and orientation of the basic features of REDAS Software, lectures on hazards and basic map reading. The succeeding days of the training covered lectures in Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. In addition, software such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, and the EDM and MyTracks in Android devices were installed.

The use the EDM in Android Devices for conducting building surveys and different earthquake risk assessment methodologies and computations were taught to the participants, as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Julius M. Galdiano, Johnlery P. Deximo, Ruffy R. Villanueva,  Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Greggue Ann Lyza T. Castro, Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo (PAGASA), Clint Drexel M. Ongue, and Joana C. Umbaña were the training speakers and facilitators.

PHIVOLCS conducts Training on the REDAS Exposure Database Module (EDM) for Echague, Isabela
Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:15

PHIVOLCS conducted a three-day training for the Local Government Unit of Echague in Isabela entitled, “Exposure Database Survey using REDAS-EDM using android devices for Echague, Isabela” last September 20-22, 2016 at the NIA Training Center, Echague, Isabela.  The training was conducted upon the request of Echague to PHIVOLCS. The training aims to 1) teach the participants how to use REDAS-EDM for Android, an application developed by PHIVOLCS that serves as an exposure data gathering tool and 2) to build the capacity of Echague officials and staffs on how to develop their Exposure Database.

The training was attended by 27 participants (three from MPDC, seven from MDRRMO and 17 from other departments). Two representatives from the Isabela State University helped in facilitating during the training while two others served as secretariat.

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Finding fault is now easier with the new web-based app from PHIVOLCS
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 18:40

PHIVOLCS Fault Finder ( is an 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.

The app would be useful for land-use planning, risk assessment, disaster risk reduction plan, and awareness.

This web app is a product of the joint collaboration between the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), 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 PHIVOLCS.

The app uses three base maps, Philippines Geoportal from NAMRIA, Google Maps, and OpenStreet. Information about a particular query includes information on the Distance to the Nearest Active Fault, Fault Name, Fault Segment Name, Year of the Mapping, and Map Scale used during the mapping.If you are currently located, or if want to know the location of active faults, in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA), click "Valley Fault System (VFS)" in the opening page, otherwise, click "Other Fault Systems".

To determine the distance of your current location to the nearest fault, turn on your gadget’s tracking device. Click the “VFS Fault Nearest You” or “Active Fault Nearest You”. You may click on “Active Fault Based on Location” tab if you want to know the distance of a Barangay to the nearest active fault. Or you may choose “Double Click a Place on the Map” and double click your cursor on any area of interest.

You may click “Base Maps” located at the upper rightmost corner of the map, to change maps. Click “Legend” located at the lower rightmost corner of the map to see the legend.

For more information on how to use the Fault Finder, watch the instructional video below.

PHIVOLCS takes the necessary steps to continually improve the accuracy of the fault information reflected in this application. The institute does not guarantee information from third-party sources. The public is advised to consult PHIVOLCS directly for official hazards assessment.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016 16:13
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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) commemorated the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami on its 40th year through series of activities held in Zamboanga City.  A School Fair exhibit was held at Don Pablo Lorenzo Memorial High School, Gov. Ramos Avenue, Brgy. Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City last August 18 and 19, 2016.


PHIVOLCS aims to promote geologic hazard awareness and preparedness among the students. The exhibit featured a Tsunami Wave Tank Model, 3D Models – Planet Earth, Philippine Relief Map, Subduction Zone), and die-cut figure of Duck/drop, cover, and hold. PHIVOLCS staffs discussed about earthquake, tsunami, and its hazards, and preparedness to the students. “Tales of Disaster”, a video promoting preparedness, and the stories of the survivors of the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami were also shown.


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