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Exposure Database Development and Earthquake Risk Calculations Workshop for Region XI SUCs under Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development Project
Friday, 02 May 2014 03:21

PHIVOLCS conducted a two-day workshop entitled “Earthquake Risk Assessment Methodologies: Exposure Database Development and Calculations” for the Region XI State Colleges s and Universities (SUCs).  This activity is in line with the Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development Project, which is being funded by DOST-PCIEERD, and which PHIVOLCS is providing the techncial expertise.  The workshop was held at the University of Southeasthern Philippines (USEP), Obrero, Davao City from  April 10-11, 2014.  Participants from USEP, Davao Oriental State College of Science and Technology (DOSCST), Davao del Norte State College (DNSC), Southern Philippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) and UP Mindanao attended the workshop. The workshop aimed to teach the participants how to extract exposure information from their building survey and how to use said information for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

Aside from their own surveyed data, the participants were taught also how to derive building information from the national statistics data to make it useful for risk assessment.  The impact estimation module is now built-in into REDAS software and using the software, participants were able to compute earthquake risk for a  M8.3 March 14, 1924 scenario. They were able to visualize the map in REDAS and in Quantum GIS. Resource speakers and facilitators during the workshop were led by PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista and supported by Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Janila B. Deocampo, Johnlery P. Deximo, Abigail A. Polintan and Dave Andrei Rivera.

 
PHIVOLCS, KBP unveil Broadcaster’s Infochart on Emergency Preparedness
Thursday, 27 March 2014 05:53

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), together with partner agencies, launched on March 26 at the institute’s auditorium an infochart that serves as a guide for broadcasters when informing the public about disaster awareness and preparedness.

PHIVOLCS, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), have collaborated to enhance the capacity of broadcast media in disseminating disaster information related to disasters and emergencies through updating the existing Broadcaster’s InfoChart on Emergency Preparedness.

The participants to the launching, both from the broadcast and print media, received copies of the infochart that they can now use as reference in giving out appropriate warnings during emergencies, as well as preparedness tips and precautions relating to various natural hazards and disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, and landslides.

Moreover, PHIVOLCS turned over the materials to KBP for distribution to other media partners.

PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr. and KBP President Herman Basbaño show the infochart to the media.
PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr. and KBP President Herman Basbaño show the infochart to the media.

KBP President Herman Basbaño, Virgilio Galvez of PIA, Jocelyn Villanueva of MGB, Mina Marasigan of OCD, and Dir. Renato U. Solidum Jr of PHIVOLCS unveil the infochart.
KBP President Herman Basbaño, Virgilio Galvez of PIA, Jocelyn Villanueva of MGB, Mina Marasigan of OCD, and Dir. Renato U. Solidum Jr of PHIVOLCS unveil the infochart.

PHIVOLCS hands over copies of the infochar to representatives of its partner-agencies and to KBP for dissemination to different media partners.
PHIVOLCS hands over copies of the infochart to representatives of its partner-agencies and to KBP for dissemination to different media partners.
 
Strengthening multi-hazards awareness in Navotas City
Friday, 28 February 2014 13:10

“Opportunity to learn.” This is what Honorable Mayor John Reynald M Tiangco of Navotas City, highlighted during his opening remarks at the 1-day seminar to present the results of the multi-hazards mapping and risk analysis conducted under the AusAID-funded projects Enhancing Greater Metro Manila Areas Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/ Climate Risk Management towards sustainable development (GMMA-READY) and Risk Analysis Project (RAP). The seminar was conducted in partnership with the City of Muntinlupa on 28 February at the Palaisdaan Hall, Navotas City. Mayor Tiangco further reminded the participants, mostly representatives from the 14 barangays and DRRM Office to listen, take note of significant information, and ask questions to ensure that they  learn about the details of what to expect in the event of occurrence of any of these expected hazards. Mayor Tiangco recognized the importance of repeating and disseminating these hazards information to their constituents in the barangay.  This is to ensure that communities are conscious to prepare for the different possible events.

As what PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bart Bautista discussed, preparedness is a very challenging process that needs strong commitment of the local leaders. Director Bautista also narrated how the five (5) national government agencies, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and National Mapping Resources Information Agency (NAMRIA), Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) worked together  in this project to produce the hazard maps that will be used by the LGUs in their planning. Together with the Navotas City, our common goal is to make Navotas City safe from possible future natural hazardous event whether hyrometeorological or geological in nature.

The seminar-workshop aimed to further strengthen the awareness of Navotas City, and be able to enhance their existing DRRM Plan by integrating the additional information from the two projects into the plan. The program focused on the familiarization of the various geologic and hydrometeorological hazards maps. The seminar was attended in full force by officials from Navotas City DRRMO and representatives from the different departments, the 14 barangays, DepEd and schools representatives, rescue volunteers among others. A total of 86  participants attended the seminar. This joint GMMA-READY and RAP activity is supported by the Australian Aid Program (AusAID) thru the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Muntinlupa City gets READY, further strengthens multi-hazards awareness
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:56

A 1-day seminar to present the results of the multi-hazards mapping and risk analysis conducted under the AusAID-funded projects Enhancing Greater Metro Manila Areas Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/ Climate Risk Management towards sustainable development (GMMA-READY) and Risk Analysis Project (RAP) was conducted in partnership with the City of Muntinlupa on 26 February at the Muntinlupa City Hall AVR.

The seminar-workshop aimed to further strengthen the awareness of Muntinlupa City, and be able to enhance their existing DRRM Plan by integrating the additional information from the projects into the plan. The program focused on the familiarization of the various geologic and hydrometeorological hazards maps. The seminar was attended in full force by officials from Muntinlupa City DRRMO and representatives from the different departments, the 9 barangays, DepEd and schools representatives, rescue volunteers among others.

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