DepEd Divisions of Tandag City and Surigao del Sur attend the ‘Teachers’ Training on Communicating Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards’
Friday, 25 September 2015 16:58

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) held a Teachers’ Training on Communicating Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards last September 18, 2015.
Teachers from the Division of Tandag City led by Dr. Gregoria Su and Division of Surigao del Sur headed by Dr. Marilou Dedumo participated in the training that was held at Shacene Pension House and Restaurant in Tandag City.

The training started off with an overview of Child Rights Convention, Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM), functions and services of PHIVOLCS. Earthquake and Earthquake hazards, as well as Tsunami and Tsunami hazards was also discussed during the training.

The 57 participants were given information materials and teaching aids such as the PHIVOLCS-UNESCO-UNESCAP collaborative tsunami information material  “Ahh.. Ngayon Alam Ko Na” and “11 Mga Dapat Gawin Kapag May Lindol (for the deaf)” flashcards, and video packages. They were also given a chance do a demonstration teaching at the end of the training.

PHIVOLCS aims to increase school-based earthquake and tsunami preparedness and to explain how to conduct earthquake drill in school.

The Province of Surigao del Sur is prone to earthquakes and tsunami. It is bounded by active earthquake generators such as the Philippine Fault Zone and the Philippine Trench. Large-magnitude earthquakes that also generated a tsunami have occurred in the region.

PHIVOLCS conducts an Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness Seminar-Workshop for LGUs
Thursday, 24 September 2015 16:47

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur conducted a series of one-day seminar-workshops on Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness for Local Government Units (LGUs) and Barangay Officials of Surigao del Sur last September 14, 16, and 17, 2015.
The one-day seminar-workshop was held to emphasize the important role of LGUs and Barangay officials in correct information dissemination.  The site-specific capacity building design of the program for Surigao del Sur focused on earthquake and tsunami awareness and preparedness.

The province of Surigao del Sur was identified as an earthquake and tsunami prone area. Some of the most recent large-magnitude earthquakes that occurred in the region are the 1992 Magnitude 7.1 earthquake near Bislig that generated tsunamis and 1929 Magnitude 7.2 earthquake near Hinatuan. The Province is bounded by active earthquake generators such as the Philippine Fault Zone and the Philippine Trench.

On September 14, the seminar-workshop for the municipalities of Barobo, Hinatuan, Lingig, and Bislig City was held at Bislig Highland Function Farm. A total of 73 participants attended the Cluster 1. Officials from the municipalities of Bayabas, Cagwait, San Agustin, Tago, Marihatag, Lianga and municipalities of Carrascal, Madrid, Cortes, Cantilan, Carmen, Lanuza and Tandag City attended the seminar that was held at Shacene Pension House and Restaurant in Tandag City on September 16 and 17, with 118 participants and 94 participants respectively.

PHIVOLCS aims to strengthen the province’s awareness about earthquake and tsunami, as well as to help them prepare in case such natural disasters occur in the region. A seminar-workshop for LGUs and Barangay Officials of Eastern Samar and Surigao del Norte was held on 2013 and 2014 respectively.

PHIVOLCS conducts REDAS Training for Samar Province
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:13

A six-day REDAS training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the use of the REDAS software” was conducted by PHIVOLCS, supported by Plan International Inc. and the Provincial Government of Samar last June 15-20, 2015 at Ciriaco Hotel and Resort, Calbayog City, Samar. A total of 50 participants attended while 48 REDAS license keys were issued. Participants came from Catbalogan City as well as from 19 Samar municipalities of Almagro, Basey, Calbiga, Daram, Gandara, Hinabangan, Marabut, Matuguinao, Motiong, Pagsanghan, Pinabacdao, San Jorge, San Juan de Buan, Santa Rita, Santo Niño, Tagapul-an, Tarangnan, Villareal and Zumarraga. There were also attendees from the municipality of Llorente in Eastern Samar, Plan International Inc. and Eastern Visayas State University (EVSU).

Participants were trained on how to use basic REDAS, SQLite, Spatialite as relational database, as well as Quantum GIS. The training highlight is the teaching of the Seismic Hazard Assessment module and the impact estimation using a scenario earthquake. The participants were also taught how to display their multi-hazard maps and use GPS for risk database building in REDAS software.

For the very first time, the Exposure Database Module Android version was released by the PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, which was installed in more than 30 android cellular phones and tablets where they also use during the fieldwork.

Speakers and facilitators in the training were led by Deputy Director Bautista, Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza, Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas, Engr. Myra P. Dolina, Abigail A. Polintan, Lawrence Aaron Bañes, Robjunelieaaa Lim, Roschele G. Ablan, Bhenz Rodiguez, and Lara Jennina A. Gianan. Mr. Fileon Corona of PAGASA also gave a talk about hydrometeorological hazards.

REDAS Training for Batanes province
Thursday, 02 July 2015 15:12

A REDAS training, entitled “The Provision and Training on the Use of Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Softwareto the Province of Batanes as a Tool for Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness”, was conducted by PHIVOLCS for the province of Batanes last May 04 – 08, 2015 at Provincial Capitol, Basco, Batanes. A total of 49 participants participated and succesfully completed the training. Participants were composed of instructors, engineers, planners, barangay captains, and barangay kagawads among others from Batanes Provincial Government Offices, municipalities of Itbayat, Sabtang, Uyugan and Mahatao, Batanes State College, BATANELCO, NHA and Chanarian Elementary School. A total of 42 license keys was issued at the training. This training was organized by the Batanes State College (BSC) and the Batanes Provincial Government.

The participants were taught how to use REDAS software and how they can apply it in their own municipalities and cities for mainstreaming disaster risk reduction efforts into local development, contingency planning and emergency preparedness. The participants were introduced to the use of SQlite, Spatialite and Quantum GIS and how these are linked into REDAS to prepare their risk database and ultimately, to compute for earthquake impacts. They were taught how to display their multi-hazard maps, administrative and base maps. They were also taught how to simulate different earthquake scenarios and calculate impact assessment using the software. They also had GPS field work where they were able to locate and classify different types of buildings. The participants were also taught how to answer the Exposure Database Module (EDM) for a more comphrensive exposure database collection. They were also asked to answer the form on Mainstreaming Hazard Assessment on Land Use Planning where the answers were culled from the display of hazard maps vis a vis the location of risk data. A plenary session facilitated by Ms. Lenie Duran-Alegre from Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza, where the participants’ answers were discussed.

Mr. Sancho A. Mabborang, Assistant Regional Director of DOST PSTC Region 2, Mr. Richard Cantero, Community Affairs Officer and representative of Gov. Vicente D. Gato, Mr. Rolando Donato, Director of Instruction of BSC and Ms. Jessica Salamagos, the PDRRMO of Batanes province were the speakers for the opening ceremony of the training. Dr. Bartolome Bautista, Deputy Director of PHIVOLCS and the developer of REDAS software, was the guest speaker for the opening and closing ceremony. Speakers and trainers were Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Lenie Duran-Alegre of OCD, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Henremagne Peñarubia, Analyn Aquino, Jayvie Nadua, Abigail Polintan, Maria Concepcion Barairo, Karen Garcia, Roschele Ablan, Anne Lorraine Delos Santos, Jhonlayn Blacer of Batanes Seismic Station, Robert Quinto from PAGASA and Ricardo Cabugao, Jr. from BSC.

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