PHIVOLCS conducted its very first REDAS training for a private group of company last November 28 and December 2-6, 2013. The target beneficiary was the Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP) Group of Companies. The training is entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the MVP Group of Companies on Hazard, Exposure Database Development and Risk Assessment through the Use of the REDAS Software”. It was held at PHIVOLCS, Quezon City. The day of November 28, 2013 was alloted as the pre-workshop and installation day. The training proper covered the days from December 2 to 6, 2013. A total of 48 participants from Makati Medical Center (4 participants), Maynilad (participants), Meralco (12 participants), MNTC (2 participants), MPTC (2 participants), PLDT (12 participants), SMART (8 participants), and TV 5 (3 participants) attended the six-day training. The participants were composed of Safety Officers, Asset Protection Officers, Engineers, Rescue and Medic, and others. A total of 45 license keys was issued during this training.
During the training, the participants were taught installation and configuration of REDAS Software, including Exposure Database Module (EDM), Basic REDAS features, Building their own Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, use of SQLite as Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. They were also taught how to collect GPS tracks and plot points, lines and polygons using GPS and video capture tool.
Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director of PHIVOLCS and Mr. Ramon R. Isberto, Public Affairs Head of PLDT and SMART Communications, Inc. were the guest speakers during the opening ceremony while Mr. Darwin Flores, Department Head of Community Partnerships and Director Solidum were the guest speakers for the closing ceremony. Mr. Nestor Nimes, Senior Weather Specialist from PAGASA, Ms. Mariane Eve Ordoñes, Senior Research Specialist from Mines and Geosciences Bureau, and Ms. Maria Antonia Bornas, Chief of PHIVOLCS-VMEPD, were also invited to give talks on Storm Surge Hazard, Flood and Rain-Induced Landslide Hazards, and Volcanic Hazards respectively. Other speakers and facilitators in the training were Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas, Engr. Analyn Aquino, Ms. Jayvie H. Nadua, Mr. Johnlery P. Deximo, Ms. Abigail A. Polintan, Ms. Anne Lorraine Delos Santos, Mr. Miguel R. Carreon, Mr. Kenneth A. Quisado, Mr. Ruffy Villanueva, Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera, Ms. Grace Sinadjan and Mr. John Ted Sison.