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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, OCD launch Valley Fault System Atlas
Monday, 18 May 2015 18:20

With the consolidated mapping activities of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and efforts by partner-agencies, the Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas, a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, was finally unveiled on May 18, 2015 at the institute’s auditorium, Quezon City.

It can be recalled that PHIVOLCS’ mapping efforts redefined the location of fault traces and validated previously mapped traces of the VFS.

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 (NDRRMC) back in 2012.

The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) with two fault traces: the 10 km long East Valley Fault in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake which poses threat to people’s lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood.

Director Renato U. Solidum Jr. of PHIVOLCS said that the location of active faults is a major basis for people’s preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response, and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures. Future development needs to consider these faults so people won’t be at risk.

Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama, Administrator of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Executive Director of NDRRMC emphasized in his keynote message that the atlas is a solid reference in the selection of evacuation centers, safe routes and other risk management items.

“Extensive preparations and proper coordination of actions and sharing of expertise are in order so that we can, as a national team, win this important game in our administration of our duties and responsibilities, not only to your partners and shareholders but to your constituents as well,” he added.

UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra said in his message that it’s not the earthquakes that kill people but the poor planning practices, inadequate preparedness and the lack of application of appropriate building standards.

Chairperson Atty. Francis Tolentino stated in a message that as a partner of the GMMA Ready project, the Metropolitan Meanila Development Authority (MMDA) vows to help in decreasing the vulnerability of GMMA to natural hazards and strengthening its resiliency by managing disaster and climate change risks.

Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City expressed his appreciation upon receiving a copy of the atlas and showed willingness to look into the stability of the city’s infrastructures.

Mayor Reynaldo San Pedro of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, officers of Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and project partners from Philippine Atmospheric and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Climate Change Commission, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also attended the launching and received copies of the material.

 
PRESS RELEASE: VALLEY FAULT SYSTEM ATLAS LAUNCH FOR EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS
Friday, 15 May 2015 17:45

Manila, Philippines, 18 May 2015

 

The Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas, a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, was launched and distributed to local government officials at  9am on May 18, 2015 at the 2/F Auditorium, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Building,  C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

In 2012, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) revisited the VFS as one of the component activities of the Australian Aid (AusAid) Program-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 (NDRRMC). The mapping efforts discovered new fault traces and validated previously mapped traces of the VFS.

The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) composed of two fault segments: the 10 km long East Valley Fault (EVF) in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault (WVF) runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake with M 7.2 which poses threat to peoples lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood.

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director of DOST-PHIVOLCS, says that “Key to people’s awareness and preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response, and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures, is the location of active faults. The Valley Fault System Atlas was conceptualized as a handy reference for everyone to serve as a guide in making sure that areas traversed by active faults are avoided as sites of houses and structures and considered in various mitigation and response actions to enhance the safety and resilience of communities to strong earthquake events.”

The importance of the VFS Atlas to local governments is stressed by NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama. He states that “Through the publication of this Atlas, we have taken a leap forward to reducing risk from earthquake. This tool will help us in our national DRRM effort to build safer, disaster-resilient and climate-change adaptive communities throughout the country.”

“UNDP advocates an integrated and systematic risk management approach to prevent or lessen the impacts of disasters. Nobody can accurately predict exactly when or where an earthquake will occur- the best we can do is to be informed where the risks and vulnerabilities potentially are and prepare and plan ahead for these. VFS Atlas is a critical tool to support development planning and programming. If development is not risk informed, it is not sustainable,” say UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra.

The launching was graced by local chief executives and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and project partners from Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Climate Change Commission, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).

 

Contact:For information about the event, please contact:

Ester Garrido/Princess Decierdo- 927 45 24 

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) - Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

For clarification about the VFS Atlas, queries can be directed to Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director-PHIVOLCS -  926 26 11

 
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