|PHIVOLCS-DOST Holds REDAS Training for Albay Province|
|Monday, 19 January 2009 19:23|
PHIVOLCS-DOST held a five-day training for the province of Albay on the use of the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) software. The training was held at PHIVOLCS Auditorium at Quezon City from September 8 to 12, 2008. The Honorable Joey Sarte Salceda, the Governor of Albay, graced the opening ceremony and gave the inspirational message. PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. gave the welcome remarks. The REDAS software is one of the technologies featured in the “One-Stop Information Shop of Technologies (OSIST)” of the Philippines. REDAS has won First Prize twice in 2005 in the PCIERD-sponsored Search for Outstanding R & D Awardees in Industry and Energy both in the National Capital Region as well as in the National Level competition. The REDAS software was developed by PHIVOLCS scientists. The software generates seismic hazard and risk maps immediately after a potentially-damaging earthquake. The software can also be used for forward modeling of historical earthquake events. As part of PHIVOLCS commitment to the public service, the software with accompanying training is being provided to LGUs free of charge.
Albay is one of the more hazard-prone provinces in the country, being exposed to volcanic, earthquake including tsunami as well as hydrometeorological hazards such as landslides and floods. Historically, the province has been affected by the 1814 Mayon Volcano eruption, the 1840 earthquake and lately, the 2006 Typhoon Reming floods and landslides. The training was supported by PHIVOLCS, the Provincial Government of Albay and the Center for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA). A total of 21 participants from the municipalities of Legaspi City, Polangui, Libon, Malilipot, Tiwi and Tabaco, CIRCA and Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) staffs attended the training. Although the REDAS software was designed for rapid seismic hazard evaluation after the occurrence of a potentially-damaging earthquake, various hazard maps such as pyroclastic flow, lava flow, lahars, ashfall and tsunami were built in in the REDAS database. Future plans include incorporating the hydrometeorological hazards prepared by the MGB into the software. Immediate follow-up activities identified by the participants included establishing a trainers’ pool who will spearhead future REDAS training in the province.