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REDAS Training for Batanes province
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 01:45

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.

 
Capacity Enhancement of the Ayala Companies on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software
Tuesday, 30 June 2015 01:45

The REDAS Team conducted its second REDAS Training for a private group of company last April 15, 22-25, 2015. The Ayala Corporation is the second private group of company to undergo the training. The training is entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Ayala Companies on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software ”. It was held at PHIVOLCS, Quezon City.  The day of April 15, 2015 was alloted for the expectations meeting and installation day. The training proper covered the days from April 22 – 25, 2015.  A total of 54 participants from Ayala Corporation (3), Ayala Auto (2), Ayala Foundation (2), Ayala Land (14), Bank of the Philippine Islands (7), Globe Telecom (15), LiveIt (1) and Manila Water (9) with a guest participant from PDRF attended the six-day training. A total of 58 license keys was issued during this training.

During the training, the participants were taught installation and configuration of REDAS Software, including Exposure Database Module (EDM), Basic REDAS features, Building their own Risk Database, use of SQLite as Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. They were also taught how to collect GPS tracks and plot points, lines and polygons using GPS and video capture tool. Earthquake Risk Assessment methods were also taught to this batch.

Ambassador Marciano A. Paynor, Jr., Managing Director, External and Government Relations of Ayala Corporation, and Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista., Deputy Director of PHIVOLCS gave their messages during the closing ceremony. Also, a resource speaker from PAGASA, Mr. Robert Quinto, Senior Weather Specialist, was invited to give a talk on Hydrometeoreological hazards. Other speakers and facilitators in the training were Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Mr. Ishmael Narag, Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas, ENgr. Angelito Lanuza, Engr. Analyn Aquino, Ms. Jayvie H. Nadua, Ms. Abigail A. Polintan, Ms. Anne Lorraine Delos Santos, Mr. Gianico Noble, Ms. Karen Garcia, Ms. Mary Ann Montion, Ms. Maria Conception Barairo, Mr. Emmanuel Mitiam, Mr. Ruffy Villanueva, Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera, and Engr. Greggue Anne Lyza Castro.

 
PHIVOLCS, OCD launch Valley Fault System Atlas
Monday, 18 May 2015 10:20

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 09:45

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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