Parañaque Trains in Tsunami Preparedness
Monday, 25 March 2013 01:29

Representatives from the local government of Parañaque City underwent a capacity-building on Community-based Tsunami Early Warning System conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) on March 12-13, 2013 at the city’s Saint Andrew Cathedral’s Hall.

The Establishment of a Cost-Effective Local Tsunami Early Warning System for Selected High-Risk Coastal Communities of the Philippines (TeWS) project, where the said capacity-building falls under, mainly aims a) to develop, fabricate and install GSM-activated warning sirens in high-risk coastal communities; and b) to train and educate stakeholders on how to use the early warning system and how to respond properly during tsunami emergencies.

Under the project, PHIVOLCS and the Advanced Science and Technology Institute ASTI previously installed tsunami warning sirens along the city’s coastal barangays prone to hazards brought about by tsunamis.

PHIVOLCS gave an overview of the TeWS project and how the system works, and lectured on earthquake, tsunami and their hazards, and facilitated workshops on Basic Tsunami Hazards Map Reading, Preparing the Barangay Spot Map and Barangay Tsunami Evacuation Map and a Focus Group discussion on community preparedness for tsunami hazards. 

 The participants representing the Paranaque CDRRMC, DOST-NCR, OCD-NCR, and barangays Tambo, Don Galo, La Huerta, and San Dionisio presented and discussed their outputs on the Barangay Spot Map and Evacuation Map, and came up with recommendations to mobilize evacuation information and improve communication system for their own coastal barangays.



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