A two-batch seminar-workshop for understanding multi-hazard maps and indicative earthquake impact assessment results was conducted for the Bulacan province. This in under the Enhancing Greater Metro Manila Areas Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/Climate Risk Management (GMMA READY) Project in partnership with the Bulacan province. The first batch was conducted last 07 July 2014 at the Hiyas ng Bulacan, Convention Center, City of Malolos and the second batch last 14 July 2014 at 8 Waves Hotel, San Rafael, Bulacan. A supposed-to-be third batch seminar-workshop was cancelled and rescheduled due to Typhoon Glenda.
The seminar-workshops, with a total of 400 participants, were attended by barangays officials from Bulacan LGUs, PDRRMO, Bulacan PLGU, DILG Region 3 and other stakeholders. The seminar focused on familiarization on multi-hazard maps such as earthquake and hydro-meteorological hazards. The activity was done to further enhance and strengthen the consciuosness of barangay officials for community-level awareness. Workshops were done after presentation of each hazard to inform them of the different hazards present in their barangay, how to prepare for these hazards, and what to do before, during and after real events occur.
PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. in his messages emphasized the importance and role of the local and barangay officials when it comes to disaster mitigation and cited the Typhoon Yolanda event as an example. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado also gave his message and highlighted the importance of awareness to hazards, disaster preparedness and resiliency of his province during disasters.
Presentations of hazards, DRR framework, GMMA READY Project objectives and workhops were made by different resource speakers and facilitators from CSCAND(Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping Resources Information Agency (NAMRIA) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) agencies. Prior to the hazard lectures, a talk on map appreciation was discussed by resource persons from NAMRIA to facilitate easier usage of the maps. Topics on earthquake-related hazards (ground rupture, ground shaking, liquefaction, earthquake-induced landslide, tsunami), exposure data and earthquake impact assessment results were presented by PHIVOLCS speakers while hydro-meteorological hazards were discussed by resource speakers from PAGASA and MGB.