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PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino provinces
Friday, 03 June 2016 13:39

PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled "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" last 29 February to 5 March 2016 for the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Quirino. The training was held at Cocoon Boutique Hotel, Barangay Laging Handa, Quezon 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. The training was part of the-READY Project.

 There was a total of 47 participants during the training.  Twenty-five of them came from the local government units (LGUs) of the province of Nueva Vizcaya , 19 from the LGUs of Quirino and three from the offices of DILG, DOST and OCD-of Region II. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.8X.  A total of 33 REDAS software license keys issued during the said event.

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SEM-Calaca Power Corporation undergoes REDAS Training
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:17

Through the initiative of SEM-Calaca Power Corporation, a subsidiary of Semirara Mining & Power Corporation, the PHIVOLCS-REDAS Team conducted a six-day training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software for SEM-Calaca Power Corporation”. The training was held last February 1-6, 2015 at the SEM-Calaca Power Corporation power plant in Calaca, Batangas.

Trainees who underwent the training totalled to 21. Five of which were from DMCI Power Corporation, 14 from the local government units of Batangas City; municipalities of Balayan, Calaca, Calatagan, Lemery, Lian, San Luis, Taal, and Tuy; and 2 from the PDRRMO of the province of Batangas.

The training started off with introduction about PHIVOLCS, the REDAS software, GPS concepts, and a brief review of basic map reading. The following day concentrated on the utilization of the Exposure Database Module of the REDAS software, and the familiarization of the SQLite environment. In addition, there were also lectures on hydrometeorological, volcanic and earthquake hazards. Furthermore, lectures and hands-on exercises on SQLite as relational and spatial database system were also provided.

Trainees perform hands-on exercises using  REDAS

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PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Bulacan Province
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:00

PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Bulacan Province PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled "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" last March 14-19, 2016 for the province of Bulacan. The training was held at Malolos Resort Club Royale, City of Malolos, Bulacan. 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. This is the fourth REDAS training batch for the province of Bulacan after the first three batches in 2006, 2011 and 2013.

There was a total of 52 participants during the training.  Fifty-one of them came from the local government units (LGUs) of the province of Bulacan, and one guest LGU from Teresa, Rizal. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.8X.  A total of 45 REDAS software license keys issued during the said event.

The training covered the installation and orientation on the basic features of REDAS Software, as well as lectures on hazards and basic map reading. Other topics included introduction to PHIVOLCS, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. In addition, other modules such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, and the EDM and MyTracks in Android devices were also installed and used 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  as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

REDAS Program Coordinator Maria Leonila P. Bautista teaches about the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System. REDAS facilitator Joana C. Umbaña providing assistance during the training exercises.

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.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Renato U. Solidum Jr, Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Rhommel N. Grutas, Myleen C. Enriquez, Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Ruffy R. Villanueva, John Ted S. Sison, Anne Lorraine T. Delos Santos, Chayserie A. Moises, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, and Joana C. Umbaña.

 
READY, SHAKE, GO!
Monday, 25 April 2016 16:26

Government Agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) participated in the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) that was held last April 21, 2016. The ceremonial pushing of the button to signal the start of the Nationwide Earthquake Drill took place at Air Force City, Clark, Pampanga.

Some employees and members of the Philippine Air Force simulated the Duck, Cover and Hold (DCH), and evacuated from their building to an open space designated as their safe area. Tents that were put up near the hangar of Air Force City acted as the Incident Command Post and Medical Area. DSWD served food from their Mobile Kitchen, and provided assistance to the ‘victims’. A video of the search and rescue operation headed by the Department of Health (DOH) was shown in a video screen.

Secretary of National Defense and Chairperson of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Hon. Voltaire Gazmin and DSWSD Secretary Corazon Soliman arrived to attend the ‘emergency meeting’ with PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum Jr., Undersecretary Alexander Pama, and other members of NDRRMC. 

The 1st quarter NSED simulated a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Metro Manila. Air Force City was chosen as the pilot area for the drill since it was decided that in case of a devastating earthquake affecting Metro Manila, Clark would serve as the Central Command Center.

As the agency mandated to monitor and study earthquakes, The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) pushed for the continued promotion of Earthquake awareness and preparedness since it introduced the conduct of earthquake drills in schools way back 2002. In Quezon City Main Office, PHIVOLCS participated in the 1st Quarter NSED to show its support to NDRRMC and encourage everyone not only to join the NSED, but also to increase their knowledge about Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards.

The alarm signaled the start of the drill and the employees of PHIVOLCS did the Duck, Cover, and Hold technique. Afterwards, everyone evacuated at the parking lot which was the designated evacuation area with their Emergency Supply Kit (ESK). A search and rescue scenario also took place after the evacuation. Employees who attended the three-day Occupational First Aid Training last March 28-30, 2016 acted as First Aiders and helped their ‘injured’ officemates.

 
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