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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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PHIVOLCS Conducts Second REDAS Training for Dagupan City
Thursday, 20 February 2014 10:05

Dagupan City underwent the second REDAS training which was held at the city from February 09-14, 2014.  The training is entitled “Mainstreaming DRR into Local Development Planning Process Through the Provision and Use of REDAS Software. The first time the city underwent the training was in October 2011. This second batch was provided with the latest REDAS version and modules.  A total of 65 participants from different department offices of the Dagupan City Hall together with guest partcipants from Pangasinan PDRRMC, municipality of Mangaldan, DOST-I, NEDA-1, HLURB-NLR and KBP members attended the training. A total of 56 license keys was issued during the training. The first training day was alloted for copying and installation of the REDAS software while the remaining days were alloted for  hands-on activities and GPS fieldwork.

Left: Participants looking at their outputs on display. Right: Deputy Director Bartolome Bautista assisting participants during the GPS fieldwork.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez gave her welcoming remarks during the opening ceremony while Judge George Mejia, CLO, in behalf of Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, gave a closing message during the closing ceremony. SPO4 Carlito Ocampo, Chief of the Public Assistance and Response Management Center (PARMC) and Councilor Jose Netu Tamayo also gave their messages during the closing ceremony. PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista was the guest speaker for the opening and closing ceremonies. Speakers and facilitators in the training were PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista and PHIVOLCS trainers Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, Winchelle Ian Sevilla, Angelito G. Lanuza, Janila B. Deocampo, Rey Lumbang, Johnlery P. Deximo, Abigail A. Polintan and Mary Rose J. San Diego.

Group photo with Mayor Belen T. Fernandez and the REDAS team led by Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista.

 
PHIVOLCS-JICA Launch House Safety Information Materials
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:42

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the Japan International Cooperation Agency – Japan Science and Technology Agency (JICA-JST) and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) launched the How Safe is My House?: A 12-Point Questionnaire at 9am on Feb. 19, 2014 at the PHIVOLCS Auditorium, Quezon City.

The 12-point questionnaire serves as a guide that will be used to evaluate the integrity of one’s house and its susceptibility to strong earthquakes.

Prior to the formulation of the “How Safe is My House? Self-Check for Earthquake Safety of Concrete Hollow Block (CHB) Houses in the Philippines” questionnaire, a full-scale shaking table experiment on CHB masonry structures was performed in Japan to make a comparison between two types of CHB houses.

Subsequently, one model showcased a code-compliant CHB house (Model A) while the other represented the more common residential CHB house (Model B) in the Philippines.

Through this “House Self-check,” an initial result can be produced to verify whether one’s house was properly built and has followed appropriate construction procedures and recommended measures.

Representatives from Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and different local media also attended the said event.

Engr. Ronaldo S. Ison of ASEP, Mr. Takahiro Sasaki of JICA Philippine Office, PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr., and Mr. Hiroshi Imai of NIED-Japan unveil the material.  PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr gives an overview of the project.

Director Solidum turns over the said material to Mr. Takahiro Sasaki, Chief Representative of JICA Philippine Office.  Director Solidum explains further the content of the material to the media during the open forum.

 
Marikina City further strengthens multi-hazards awareness in partnership with GMMA-READY and RAP
Sunday, 26 January 2014 12:22

A 1-day seminar to present the results of the multi-hazards mapping and risk analysis conducted under the AusAID-funded projectsEnhancing 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 Marikina on 21 January at the Marikina City Convention Center.

The seminar-workshop attended by officials from Marikina City DRRMO, the 16 barangays, schools, representatives from homeowners association, rescue volunteers among others,focused on the familiarization of the various geologic and hydrometeorological hazards maps. This is to further strengthen the awareness of Marikina City, and be able to enhance their existing DRRM Plan by integrating the additional information from the projects into the plan.

Director Renato U.Solidum, Jr, of PHIVOLCS in his opening remarks emphasized the importance of being aware of the hazards present in one’s area and practicing “disaster imagination,” orvisualizingthe possible scenarios specially impactsthat could happen during a specific hazardous event (whether flood, severe wind, earthquake), so that action plans are based on these. This can be done by using the available technical information from the various mandated national government agencies and assessing the hazards and risks. It is also important to test the existing plans by conducting simulation exercisesso that improvements can be made on the plan before a real event occurs.

The presentations of the hazard maps was made by the different resource speakers from collaborating agencies Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB) and National Mapping Resources Information Agency (NAMRIA) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and each presentation was followed immediately by hands-on study of the hazard maps. Introduction and familiarization with maps was presented by NAMRIA. Topics on exposure data of Metro Manila, earthquake-related hazards (ground rupture, ground-shaking, liquefaction and earthquake-induced landslides, and the earthquake risk assessment results for Marikina City) were presented by invited speakers from PHIVOLCS. The discussion on rain-induced landslide was conducted by MGB while severe wind and flood hazard and risk were presented by resource speakers from PAGASA. A total of 75 participants attended the seminar.This joint GMMA-READY and RAP activityis supported by the Australian Aid Program (AusAID) thru the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). /mlmvillegas/phivolcs

 
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