PISAY, now duty-bearers for disaster risk reduction
Friday, 08 May 2015 05:54
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Being identified as important ground for disaster risk reduction education, Philippine Science High School campuses in the country sent their faculty and staff to a comprehensive training-workshop facilitated by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).The three-day "Training on Disaster Risk Reduction: The Role of Philippine Science High School (PSHS or Pisay) System" held on April 28-30 at PHIVOLCS auditorium, was intended for PISAY being an institution under the umbrella of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Upon the enactment of RA10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, DOST became Vice Chair for Prevention and Mitigation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and furthered its involvement not only in the national but also in regional, provincial and local levels.

With the restructured NDRRMC, DOST Regional Offices are expected to be well-capacitated as duty-bearers and members of the local DRRM Councils.PHIVOLCS personnel, headed by Dr Renato U Solidum, Jr, and experts from PAGASA, NAMRIA, OCD and MGB served as speakers during the training.

The objective of the training was for the participants to understand the role of DOST and DOST-attached agencies in the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Structure in the local levels (in the case of PSHS- their specific campus sites).

The training started off with an overview of the functions and services of involved agencies, the different natural hazards and disasters, a discussion on the operations of the national weather monitoring system and national earthquake monitoring system, early warning system. It was also emphasized the importance of understanding the issuance of advisories and alerts. PHIVOLCS discussed volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and their hazards, its Earthquake Intensity Scale and Multi-Parameter Volcano Monitoring System and National Monitoring Network for Earthquake and Tsunami, school-based earthquake preparedness and how to conduct earthquake drill and preparing an earthquake evacuation plan, and its hazard maps and information products.

PHIVOLCS Participates in the PacWave15
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:47

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) joined the Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 (PacWave15) on 03-06 February 2015. PacWave15 aims to test the new Operational Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) Enhanced Products of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Service (PTWS).  It simulated Pacific countries, of which, the Philippines is a member, receiving Tsunami Information with the earthquake parameters, forecasted tsunami height and arrival time.

For the Philippines, two scenarios were used. First, a M9.0 earthquake from off the coast of Peru generating a distant tsunami that will reach the eastern coast of the country in 22 hours with tsunami heights of 0.3m to 1.0m above the tide level. Secondly, a M8.6 earthquake from the Manila Trench generating a local tsunami that will affect the west Philippine coast within few minutes. The warning information was used to test the current PHIVOLCS Tsunami Standard Operating Procedures in assessing the tsunami threat in the country, and issuing timely as well as accurate information for early action.

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PHIVOLCS builds info portal for quakes and volcanoes
Tuesday, 16 September 2014 12:12

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) introduced the” Information Portal for Philippine Earthquake and Volcano” during a seminar-forum on Sept. 15, 2014 at the institute’s auditorium, Quezon City. Led by its Director, Renato U. Solidum, Jr., the heads of the 4 technical divisions gave brief descriptions on the content of the portal.

Following a series of joint meetings with partner-agencies Japan International Cooperation Agency-Japan Science and Technology Agency (JICA-JST) and National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED), PHIVOLCS has come up with a prototype of the Information Portal for Philippine Earthquake and Volcano which will be available for public viewing in the near future.

This output was accomplished through the concerted effort of the agencies involved under the JST-JICA-SATREPS Project “Enhancement of Earthquake and Volcano Monitoring and Effective Utilization of Disaster Mitigation Information in the Philippines” which was implemented in 2010.

This information portal was designed based on various components: a) Real-time earthquake monitoring, b) Evaluation of Earthquake Generation Potential, c) Integrated Real-Time Volcano Monitoring and d) Provision of Disaster Mitigation and Promotion of Utilization.

PHIVOLCS divisions’ chiefs presented progress of projects under the four components, citing the recently-launched “How Safe is Your House, a 12-point-do-it-yourself questionnaire” as one of the main contents that can be viewed on the portal site.

They also showed the information materials developed for public consumption and the enhancement of the systems used for monitoring earthquakes and volcanoes.PHIVOLCS assured the participants during the open forum that they will improve the portal site by organizing the contents and making it comprehensive and interactive for better public access.

Activities and outputs under the project, including published technical papers, have been presented  in a number of conferences since 2011.

Bulacan Province Strengthens Multi-Hazard Awareness through GMMA-READY IEC Campaign
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 17:26

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.

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