Monday, 25 April 2016 16:26

Government Agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) participated in the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) that was held last April 21, 2016. The ceremonial pushing of the button to signal the start of the Nationwide Earthquake Drill took place at Air Force City, Clark, Pampanga.

Some employees and members of the Philippine Air Force simulated the Duck, Cover and Hold (DCH), and evacuated from their building to an open space designated as their safe area. Tents that were put up near the hangar of Air Force City acted as the Incident Command Post and Medical Area. DSWD served food from their Mobile Kitchen, and provided assistance to the ‘victims’. A video of the search and rescue operation headed by the Department of Health (DOH) was shown in a video screen.

Secretary of National Defense and Chairperson of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Hon. Voltaire Gazmin and DSWSD Secretary Corazon Soliman arrived to attend the ‘emergency meeting’ with PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum Jr., Undersecretary Alexander Pama, and other members of NDRRMC. 

The 1st quarter NSED simulated a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Metro Manila. Air Force City was chosen as the pilot area for the drill since it was decided that in case of a devastating earthquake affecting Metro Manila, Clark would serve as the Central Command Center.

As the agency mandated to monitor and study earthquakes, The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) pushed for the continued promotion of Earthquake awareness and preparedness since it introduced the conduct of earthquake drills in schools way back 2002. In Quezon City Main Office, PHIVOLCS participated in the 1st Quarter NSED to show its support to NDRRMC and encourage everyone not only to join the NSED, but also to increase their knowledge about Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards.

The alarm signaled the start of the drill and the employees of PHIVOLCS did the Duck, Cover, and Hold technique. Afterwards, everyone evacuated at the parking lot which was the designated evacuation area with their Emergency Supply Kit (ESK). A search and rescue scenario also took place after the evacuation. Employees who attended the three-day Occupational First Aid Training last March 28-30, 2016 acted as First Aiders and helped their ‘injured’ officemates.

Monday, 04 April 2016 17:27

Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines, 4 April 2016

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) held a press conference, PHIVOLCS InfoSentro, and gave an update regarding the new earthquake monitoring stations located in Bohol and nearby areas, and what has been done by PHIVOLCS after the 2013 Bohol Earthquake at the Governor’s Mansion on April 4, 2016.

New broadband seismic stations are installed in Talibon and Garcia Hernandez, Bohol from the period March 28 – April 08, 2016. In addition, a new broadband seismic station was installed in Lazi, Siquijor last February 24, 2016. Three more broadband seismic stations will also be installed in Medellin, San Francisco (Camotes Island), and Dalaguete in Cebu. PHIVOLCS aims to expand the Philippine Seismic Network by establishing additional earthquake monitoring stations located strategically all over the country. The recently established stations are located in and around the Bohol Province. These stations will significantly benefit the province thru increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in Bohol. These parameters are important inputs for detailed delineation of earthquake hazards that could possibly affect the province which then be used for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness, and response plans of the province. These plans are very important tool for decisions made by authorities in the information provided to the public. This will help us to respond properly when an earthquake occurs.

Moreover, PHIVOLCS will be conducting a three-day “Teachers’ Training on Communicating Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards” for the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Tagbilaran City on April 5-7, 2016 at the  Arabelle Suites in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

The three-day training aims to prime selected high school teachers in seven (7) schools of Tagbilaran City Division on basic information about the science of volcano, earthquake, tsunami and their hazards, and how to communicate these information to prepare their students.

This program of PHIVOLCS intends to capacitate teachers to help school children learn how to prepare, respond, and protect oneself during earthquake and tsunami since children are vulnerable to the dangers brought by these occurrences.

The island of Bohol experienced a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. The earthquake was generated by the reverse fault movement of North Bohol Fault and had caused damages in different municipalities. PHIVOLCS had been conducting, multi-hazard mapping and re-assessment and validation of previous hazard maps in Bohol. Updated hazard maps for earthquake-induced landslide, earthshaking, ground rupture, liquefaction, and tsunami are now available.


For information about the event, please contact:

Renato U. Solidum, Jr   (02) 926 2611

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

Monday, 15 February 2016 11:56

Director Renato Solidum, Jr. and other staff of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) attended a Science and Technology (S & T) Forum regarding “Trauma Associated with Post-Disaster Events” at the 2nd floor Conference Room, PHIVOLCS building on February 12, 2016.

Dr. Dale Dominey-Howes, Associate Professor in University of Sydney, discussed how researchers may suffer trauma from working in a traumatic or disaster-stricken environment. “Disasters don’t happen in nature, disaster happens to us,” he said.

Although usually, researchers must be careful in asking participants or survivors to relive stressful events, and must protect their subjects during interview or field work, it is often neglected that a researcher might be vulnerable during the course of their work and suffer trauma as well. Researchers or those who work in disaster-stricken areas could experience Vicarious or Secondary Trauma that might be triggered by a previous traumatic experience, extended periods of exposure, lack of support networks, as well as age and gender.

Dominey-Howes said that despite expectations of being professional during work, it is normal [or human] to be overwhelmed by emotions specially while working in a place that was struck by disaster such as earthquake, tsunami, and volcanic eruption. He explained that working with emotions gives a researcher a chance improve his work by doing self-reflect , and quoted “reflection is a process of constant, self- conscious scrutiny of the self as researcher and of the research process” (England, 1994).

He also shared his experiences highlighting the two types of reflections: (1) a direct personal, where he experienced first-hand being overwhelmed by his emotions during a field work in Turkey and; (2) indirect professional, which he felt through a subordinate who worked extensively in Thailand. 

He explained that it is important to acknowledge Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and conduct necessary activities to strengthen emotional and mental health.  Dominey-Howes also enumerated possible courses of action to be able to move forward such as counseling, having a time out or break from work, meditate, and relax.

After ending his presentation with the quotes, “We are all human and emotions affect us” and “Put aside logic, do what feels right”, Director Solidum shared his experiences and acknowledged that putting aside personal feelings to be able to perform a task is important, but being overwhelmed by emotion is inevitable. Dominey-Howes said that it is good that PHIVOLCS conducts activities to relieve stress/trauma, and he thinks that PHIVOLCS is like a family that supports each other.


Director Renato Solidum, Jr. and other staff of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) attended a Science and Technology (S & T) Forum regarding “Trauma Associated with Post-Disaster Events” at the 2nd floor Conference Room, PHIVOLCS building on February 12, 2016.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:50

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officials turned over to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) earthquake and tsunami monitoring equipment in a symbolic hand-over ceremony at PHIVOLCS Auditorium, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City on October 15, 2015.

JICA started the Project for Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management last 2012 through its technology partner NEC Corporation, formerly known as Nippon Electric Company, Limited, with the goal of improving disaster risk management in the Philippines. The project aims to enhance disaster risk reduction and provide timely and reliable warnings and information for the public. In this project, they provided 10 Broadband Strong Motion Seismometers, 36 Strong Motion Seismometers, 19 Sea-level Monitoring Stations and 240 Intensity Meters.

The monitoring equipment aids in the assessment of manmade structures, as well as quick determination of intensities in affected areas.  The near real-time and accurate information would help authorities and agencies in providing rescue or relief operations quickly.

PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr. toured Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Mr. Kazuhide Ishikawa, JICA Philippines Chief Representative Mr. Noriaki Niwa, and Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro, who attended the event in behalf of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo, upon their arrival at PHIVOLCS. Director Solidum showed the guests the earthquake and tsunami monitoring equipment being used in Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division (SOEPD) of PHIVOLCS.

Nine (9) out of the 10 broadband strong motion seismometers and 30 of the 36 strong motion seismometers were already installed and working. The rest of the equipment would be installed by 2016. In addition, 13 sea-level monitoring stations were already placed throughout the country’s coastline. “Tsunamis do not recognize boundaries,” said Director Solidum of PHIVOLCS. “The protection of the Philippines is the protection of those in Japan and those along the coastlines” he added.

During the ceremonial turn-over, Japanese Ambassador Ishikawa handed-over a symbolic seismometer to Director Solidum. In exchange, Director Solidum gave Ambassador Ishikawa and Mr. Niwa miniature jeepneys and volcanic ash shaped as Mayon Volcano as a token of appreciation.

Hand-over Ceremony of Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring Equipment

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