The latest version of REDAS which allows users to estimate earthquake impacts was introduced for the first time to 17 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) from Regions II, III and XI who participated in the latest REDAS training entitled "Capacity Enhancement of Academic Researchers on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software". From Region III, the SUCs were Central Luzon State University (6), Aurora State Colleges of Technology (3), Bataan Peninsula State University (3), Bulacan Agricultural State College (3), Pampanga Agricultural College (3), Ramon Magsaysay Technological University (3) and Tarlac College of Agriculture (3). From Region II, participating SUCs were Isabela State University (4), Cagayan State University (3), Quirino State University (2), Nueva Vizcaya State University (2) and Batanes State College (1). From Region XI, participants came from Davao Oriental State College of Science and Trade (DOSCST) (3), University of the Philippines- Mindanao (3), Southern Phlippines Agri-Business and Marine and Aquatic School of Technology (SPAMAST) (3), Davao del Norte State College (DNSC) (3) and University of South-Eastern Philippines (USEP) (6). There were also participants from regional offices of OCD and DOST as well as from San Roque Power Corporation and Magat Dam (NIA). A total of 73 participants attended. It was held at CLSU, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija from March 3 to 8, 2013.
The highlight of the training was the teaching of earthquake risk calculation for the first time from among any of the REDAS batches. The training was funded by PCIEERD-DOST and CHED. The training is under a project called "Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development" whose aims are: 1) To strengthen the disaster science regional capacity through the State Universities and Colleges; 2) To establish regional and provincial hazard exposure databases; 3) To conduct regional and provincial risk assessments, and; 4) To establish inventory database of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation studies and hazard maps.