PHIVOLCS trains Quezon municipalities on exposure data collection PDF Print
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:32

PHIVOLCS led in teaching the method of collecting exposure database using REDAS Exposure Datbase Module (EDM) using android devices. This activity is under the "Capacity Development for Managing Disaster Risks from Natural Hazards and Climate Change in the Philippines", also known as the "DRRM/CCA Policies and Standardization Project". Said project is being implemented by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with funding support from UNDP. The goal of the project is to enhance the ability of the national and local government units (LGUs) to reduce and manage risks to human development resulting from multiple hazards and climate change. To support the goal in harmonizing DRRM/CCA into policies, strategies and planning framework, this project aims to update, test and implement the finalized methodology for risk assessment and land use planning in managing disasters. Since a main component of risk assessment is the availability of exposure data that have the appropriate attributes to perform risk assessment. 

To achieve the goals, the project included a Capacity Training on Exposure Database collection for five LGUs in the pilot province of Quezon. Since PHIVOLCS has developed the methodology to collect exposure database using REDAS EDM module and perform risk assessment using the said software, a training entitled "Orientation on Exposure Database Development" was held last September 14 to 16, 2015 at the La Breza Hotel in Quezon City for five pilot Quezon LGUs to undergo this capacity enhancement. The activity was organized by the OCD Project Management Office, handled by Mr. Dunstan Egar (Project Coordinator) and Mr. Jesus Dominic Dizon (Project Trainer). The PHIVOLCS Team was led by Dr. Maria Leonila Bautista and Dr. Bartolome Bautista and supported by Ms. Abigail Polintan, Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera, Engr. Greggue Ann Lyza Castro, Mr. Ruffy Villanueva, Mr. John Ted Sison, Ms. Frances Marie Yanos, and Mr. Jayson Silang. Attendees of the training were the field enumerators and representatives from each of the pilot municipalities in Quezon namely Tiaong, Lucban, Gumaca, Unisan, and Polillo. The REDAS EDM tool, programmed by Dr. Bartolome Bautista, is built in android devices for fast and convenient collection of survey data on field.

Director Vicente Tomazar of OCD IV-A gave the welcome remarks during the first day while installation of the tool was done in the afternoon. Procedures on data collection were taught and processing were done on Day 2. The final day was allotted for way forward discussions and future activities. Pollilo and Unisan readily agreed to perform exposure data collection while the three other LGUs requested to be give additional time to consult with their local officials.

Photo 1. Welcome Remarks by Dir. Vicente Tomazar of OCD IV-A (left) and  Installation of EDM on Android Devices by Ms. Frances Yanos (right).

Photo 2. Exposure Database Fieldwork Using REDAS-EDM for Android Devices.

Photo 3. Way Forward Discussions with pilot Quezon province LGUs

REDAS Training for Benguet province PDF Print
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:29

From August 31-September 05, 2015, a training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software” was conducted by PHIVOLCS for the province of Benguet. It was held at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio CIty. A total of 47 participants from the Provincial Government Office and 12 municipalities of Benguet province attended. There were also participants from the agencies of DOST-CAR, DILG-Benguet, OCD-CAR, Benguet State University and Heart Cordillera. A total of 52 license keys was issued.

Dir. Renato U. Solidum (left) and Gov. Nestor B. Fongwan (right) giving their messages during the opening ceremony.

Gov. Nestor B. Fongwan, Governor of Benguet province, and Dr. Renato U. Solidum, PHIVOLCS Director, were the guest speakers for the opening ceremony of the training while PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista was the speaker during the closing ceremony. Speakers and facilitators in the training were Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Julius Galdiano, Ramil Atando, Aaron Lawrence Bañes, Keith Lawrence Rambla, Anna Shella Mae Enbien, Abigail Polintan, and Hilario Esperanza, guest speaker from PAGASA. The participants were taught the basics of REDAS, use of Sqlite and Spatialite for database development, Quantum GIS, seismic hazard and risk assessment and use of android devices for exposure database collection.

A group photo of participants taken with Dir. Renato U. Solidum, Deputy Dir. Bartolome C. Bautista and Gov. Nestor B. Fongwan.
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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