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PRESS RELEASE: WORLD TSUNAMI AWARENESS DAY PDF Print
Thursday, 03 November 2016 09:41

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology – Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) joins the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) in the observance of World Tsunami Awareness Day on November 05, 2016 with the theme “effective education and evacuation drills”.

November 5 was chosen in honor of a true story from Japan: “Inamura-no-hi”, which means the “burning of the rice sheaves”. During an 1854 earthquake, a farmer saw the tide receding, a sign of a looming tsunami and he set fire to his harvested rice to warn villagers, who fled to high ground.

As PHIVOLCS is a strong advocate of tsunami awareness, preparedness and mitigation, will conduct lectures about tsunami and exhibit tour for high school students on November 04, 2016 at PHIVOLCS Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City. The activity aims to promote geologic hazard awareness and preparedness among the students.

Recently, PHIVOLCS commemorated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Moro Gulf Earthquake and Tsunami last August 17, 2016. The magnitude-8.1 earthquake hit the island of Mindanao on August 17, 1976 at 12:11 AM (PST) that caused damage and collapse of houses and buildings. The off-shore earthquake produced a massive tsunami killing about 6000 people making it one of the most disastrous tsunami to hit the Philippines. Tsunami waves as high as nine (9) meters struck the town of Lebak in Sultan Kudarat and it inundated almost all nearby coastal towns.

PHIVOLCS also encourages schools and the local government units to conduct activities such as Information, Education and Communication Campaigns, and Tsunami Drills that will increase the people’s awareness and preparedness.

 

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Province of Pangasinan LGUs trains on REDAS version 2.9 PDF Print
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 16:51

Six-day training on "Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the Provision and Use of the REDAS Software" for the province of Pangasinan was conducted from August 22 to 27, 2016. The training was held at The President Hotel - Annex Building, Lingayen, Pangasinan. The goal of this training is to familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for risk assessment.

REDAS training speakers and facilitators together with participants from LGUs of Pangasinan, DPWH NIR, UN OCHA, DPWH NOED2, and MMSU

A total of 47 participants attended the training.  Forty-one of them from the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Pangasinan, two from DPWH NIR, two from UN OCHA, one from DPWH NOED2, and one from MMSU. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9 with a total of 42 REDAS software license keys were issued during the said event.

The training consists of lectures and workshop/hands-on activities. The program covered - introduction of PHIVOLCS, installation and orientation of the basic features of REDAS Software, lectures on hazards and basic map reading. The succeeding days of the training covered lectures in Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. In addition, software such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, and the EDM and MyTracks in Android devices were installed.

The use the EDM in Android Devices for conducting building surveys and different earthquake risk assessment methodologies and computations were taught to the participants, as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Julius M. Galdiano, Johnlery P. Deximo, Ruffy R. Villanueva,  Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Greggue Ann Lyza T. Castro, Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo (PAGASA), Clint Drexel M. Ongue, and Joana C. Umbaña were the training speakers and facilitators.

 
PHIVOLCS conducts Training on the REDAS Exposure Database Module (EDM) for Echague, Isabela PDF Print
Thursday, 06 October 2016 11:15

PHIVOLCS conducted a three-day training for the Local Government Unit of Echague in Isabela entitled, “Exposure Database Survey using REDAS-EDM using android devices for Echague, Isabela” last September 20-22, 2016 at the NIA Training Center, Echague, Isabela.  The training was conducted upon the request of Echague to PHIVOLCS. The training aims to 1) teach the participants how to use REDAS-EDM for Android, an application developed by PHIVOLCS that serves as an exposure data gathering tool and 2) to build the capacity of Echague officials and staffs on how to develop their Exposure Database.

The training was attended by 27 participants (three from MPDC, seven from MDRRMO and 17 from other departments). Two representatives from the Isabela State University helped in facilitating during the training while two others served as secretariat.

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