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Energy Sector's Earthquake Readiness Enhanced by Filipino Software
Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:05

 

DOE AND DOST MOVE TO SECURE THE ENERGY FACILITIES: The DOE and DOST signed on 16 March 2018 a Memorandum of Agreement (MO A) to enhance the capacity of the energy sector in assessing the risk hazards of an impending earthquake that may have adverse impacts on energy facilities and services as well as people. The MOA entails training on the use of the Filipino-made Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) software, which is a tool for preparing and responding to calamities and disasters. Sealing the deal with Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi is DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. with DOE Senior Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas and PHIVOLCS Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista as witnesses.

(Taguig City). “Wag na tayong magpatumpik-tumpik pa,” emphasized Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi during the signing of an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Friday (16 March) to use a Filipino-made software to enhance the capacity of all stakeholders in earthquake readiness.

This is a timely response to the magnitude 6.5-earthquake that hit Visayas last year, affecting electricity supply delivery in Leyte, Samar and Bohol. This incident revealed the vulnerability of the country’s energy systems to earthquakes.

Cusi pointed out: “It is the mandate of the DOE to ensure that energy services will be available to everyone immediately after an emergency situation.” This pronouncement supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to ensure disaster resilience.

“We need all available tools and technologies to enhance our resiliency planning and implementation,” Cusi emphasized, citing the threat of a magnitude 7.2-earthquake and other calamities, which pose risks to operations in the energy sector.

The Memorandum of Agreement (M OA)  entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Energy Sector on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development Through the Use of the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Software” was inked on 16 March at the DOE-Media Center in Taguig City by DOE Sec. Cusi and DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., and witnessed by DOE Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas and DOST- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista.

For the energy sector’s capacity enhancement, the MOA outlines the development of database on hazard, risk assessment and exposure to earthquake through the use of the DOST-PHIVOLCS’ REDAS software. It can be used as a tool for emergency preparedness, contingency planning and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction.

Under the MOA, the DOE and PHIVOLCS would undertake and pursue intensive REDAS training, endeavor knowledge and resources sharing to complement each other on the implementation of the program, among other assistance and cooperation needed for the attainment of the goals and objectives to prepare the energy sector on possible earthquake hazards.

REDAS will be helpful in providing quick and near-real-time simulated earthquake hazard information to disaster managers which will help them in assessing the distribution and extent of the impacts of a strong earthquake to their people and assets. The data generated could also provide information and insights for better resource management and asset resiliency.

REDAS can be used to compute ground-shaking, earthquake-induced landslides, liquefaction and even tsunamis. Other capabilities of the tool include earthquake sorting capability, generating seismicity maps, onscreen map digitization and building of database on earthquake hazard risks as well as wind hazards.

The partnership of the DOE and DOST-PHIVOLCS is also in line with the recently signed Department Circular No. ‎2018-01- 0001or the “Adoption of Energy Resiliency in the Planning and Programming of the Energy Sector to Mitigate Potential Impacts of Disasters”, also known as the Energy Resiliency Policy.

The Energy Resiliency Policy was issued as a foundation to make the Philippines an energy-resilient country. The policy also aims to unify the energy sector in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in its plans, programs and activities.

The policy likewise seeks to institutionalize the strengthening of energy systems and facilities, and to enable the quick restoration and provision of an alternative power source that will alleviate consumer conditions during emergencies and disasters.

“Because of this partnership with PHIVOLCS, more collaborative efforts within the energy sector will result and in the end, it will make the country more competitive,” Cusi concluded.
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Reference:
Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella
DOE Spokesperson
09189467993

Pamsy L. Tioseco
Public/Media Affairs Office Head
09178343449
 
PRESS RELEASE: DOST-PHIVOLCS COMPLETES RECONSTRUCTION OF EARTHQUAKE MONITORING STATION DAMAGED BY TYPHOON YOLANDA
Monday, 12 March 2018 10:48

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) will inaugurate the reconstructed Palo Seismic Station on March 14, 2018 8:00 A.M. at Palo Seismic Station, Barangay Arado, Palo, Leyte.

In 2013, Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) damaged the PHIVOLCS Palo Seismic Station. After 4 years, DOST-PHIVOLCS has completed the reconstruction of the earthquake monitoring station in Palo, Leyte. It now operates using dual electricity source, solar power as the main power source and commercial electricity.

PHIVOLCS continuously expands the Philippine Seismic Network by establishing earthquake monitoring stations located strategically all over the country. This earthquake monitoring station has and will significantly benefit the Province of Leyte through increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in and around the province. These parameters are important inputs for detailed assessment of earthquake hazards that could possibly affect the province which then is used for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) plan of the province. This plan is a very important tool for decision-makers to come-up with right information provided to the public and respond properly when earthquakes occur.

Eastern Visayas, including Leyte, is one of the seismically active areas in the country because of the Philippine Fault and the Philippine Trench, which are the main earthquake generators that can affect the area. In addition, there are other local faults which can be sources of small to large-magnitude earthquakes. Last year, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake hit the province with the epicenter located 15 kilometer northeast of Ormoc City, Leyte.

Following the inauguration, PHIVOLCS will hold a press conference dubbed as PHIVOLCS InfoSentro that aims to give an update regarding the earthquake monitoring stations located in Palo and nearby areas, and PHIVOLCS’ projects and Disaster Risk Reduction programs to enhance the public’s means of preparedness for geologic events.

 

For information about the event, please contact:

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, DOST

and Officer-in-Charge, PHIVOLCS

(632) 926-2611

 

[Download PRESS RELEASE here]

 
PRESS RELEASE: ESTABLISHMENT OF EARTHQUAKE MONITORING STATION IN IBAJAY, AKLAN
Sunday, 25 February 2018 10:22

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) will inaugurate the Ibajay Seismic Station on February 27, 2018 8:00 A.M. at Ibajay Seismic Station in Aklan State University, Ibajay, Aklan.

PHIVOLCS aims to expand the Philippine Seismic Network by establishing additional earthquake monitoring stations located strategically all over the country. The recently established station is located in Ibajay, Aklan. This station will significantly benefit not only the Province of Aklan but also the Panay Island and the whole country as well through increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in and around the province. These parameters are important inputs for detailed delineation of earthquake hazards that could possibly affect the province and the island of Panay which then is used for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response plans. These plans are very important tools for decisions made by authorities in the information provided to the public. These will also help us to respond properly when an earthquake occurs.

The Island of Panay is transected and bounded by active earthquake generators and therefore, large-magnitude earthquakes have occurred in the region such as the Magnitude 7.2 December 1621 earthquake that changed the course of Aklan River, and the 1948 Magnitude 8.1 Panay Island earthquake (The Lady Caycay earthquake) which is one of the biggest earthquakes in the Philippines and damaged numerous historical churches in Panay Island.

Following the inauguration, PHIVOLCS will hold a press conference dubbed as PHIVOLCS InfoSentro that aims to give an update regarding the earthquake monitoring stations located in Ibajay and nearby areas, and PHIVOLCS’ projects and Disaster Risk Reduction programs to enhance the public’s means of preparedness for geologic events.

For information about the event, please contact:

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, DOST

and Officer-in-Charge, PHIVOLCS

(632) 926-2611

 

[Download PRESS RELEASE Here]

 
PHIVOLCS Researchers Joins the First AOGS-EGU Joint Conference
Monday, 12 February 2018 14:00

Twenty-two researchers from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) joined the first Asia Oceana Geosciences Society and European Geosciences Union’s Joint Conference held at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay on February 5-8, 2018. A total of 23 research studies was presented through oral and poster parallel sessions with themes “Black Swan and Grey Swan events”, “Natural Hazards in the Megacity”, “Natural hazard communications, warning and Monitoring”, and “Single Hazard Case Studies”. Among the research studies presented are the results of the assessments of the 10 February 2017 Surigao Earthquake and 06 July 2017 Leyte Earthquake, Landslide Warning and Monitoring developments, Volcano Monitoring parameters and updates, and the newly released Philippine Earthquake Model.

The conference, with the theme “New Dimension for Natural Hazards in Asia”, was attended by 155 foreign researchers from Asia, Europe and America, and 58 local researchers. The conference was not just limited to research presentations, but also includes panel and breakout discussions. Among the topics discussed in the panel discussions are Space-Based Technologies, Science and Insurance, Stochastic, deterministic and heuristic approaches to natural hazards, and Civil Defense and Geological Disaster in the Philippine Perspective. The breakout discussions on the other hand, focused on science research ethics after the disaster, hazards mitigation, warning-systems, and policy-making, and challenges in natural hazards research.

Aside from the presentations, PHIVOLCS also led the Taal Volcano Fieldtrip on February 5, which includes trips at the Taal Volcano Observatory and Taal Volcano Main Crater Lake.

Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (WMEPD) Chief Mariton V. Bornas tours foreign AOGS participants at the Taal Volcano Observatory (TVO).

Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (WMEPD) Chief Mariton V. Bornas tours foreign AOGS participants at the Taal Volcano Observatory (TVO).

 

PHIVOLCS researchers explain the result of their studies through oral presentations.

PHIVOLCS researchers explain the result of their studies through oral presentations.


(Clockwise from Upper Right) Dr. Teresito Bacolcol, Dr. Arturo Daag, Dr. Ma. Leonila Bautista, and Dr. Paul Alanis discusses with other participants the result of their research.

(Clockwise from upper left) Dr. Teresito Bacolcol, Dr. Arturo Daag, Dr. Paul Alanis, and Dr. Ma. Leonila Bautista discusses with other participants the result of their research

 

(Clockwise from upper left) Ms. Ma. Isabel Abigania, Ms. Kathleen Papiona, Ms. Jayvie Nadua, Ms. Analyn Aquino, and Ms. Margarita Dizon, explains the results of the investigations done on the subsequent earthquakes of 2017, as well as the improvement on PHIVOLCS mapping systems.

(Clockwise from upper left) Ms. Ma. Isabel Abigania, Ms. Kathleen Papiona, Ms. Jayvie Nadua, Ms. Analyn Aquino, and Ms. Margarita Dizon, explains the results of the investigations done on the subsequent earthquakes of 2017, as well as the improvement on PHIVOLCS mapping systems.


  Junior researchers from PHIVOLCS (from upper left: Deo Carlo Llamas, Kimberley Vitto, Concepcion Barairo, Daniel Buhay and Robelyn Mangahas) enthusiastically present their studies to other researches during their first AOGS conference.

Junior researchers from PHIVOLCS (from upper left: Deo Carlo Llamas, Kimberley Vitto, Concepcion Barairo, Daniel Buhay and Robelyn Mangahas) enthusiastically present their studies to other researches during their first AOGS conference.


Improvements on warning, monitoring, and mapping of deep-seated landslides under the DOST Dynaslope Project was explained by (from upper left) Earl Anthony Mendoza, Brian Anthony Gumiran, and Nathan Azriel Veracruz.

Improvements on warning, monitoring, and mapping of deep-seated landslides under the DOST Dynaslope Project was explained by (from upper left) Earl Anthony Mendoza, Brian Anthony Gumiran, and Nathan Azriel Veracruz.


Dr. Ma. Leonila P. Bautista joins the panel in the discussion of “Civil Defense and Geological Disasters: the Philippine Perspective”.

Dr. Ma. Leonila P. Bautista joins the panel in the discussion of “Civil Defense and Geological Disasters: the Philippine Perspective”.

 
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