|PHIVOLCS Holds the 2nd REDAS Users’ Convention|
|Monday, 06 January 2014 15:55|
The 2nd REDAS Users’ Convention was held last November 19-21, 2013 at PHIVOLCS, Quezon City. A total of 64 participants attended the convention : 16 participants from 10 Luzon Local Government Units (LGU), 3 participants from a church group (Quiapo Church), 9 participants from four Visayas LGU, 9 participants from four Mindanao LGU, 18 participants from 10 State Universities and Colleges (SUC), and 9 participants from 5 Government Agencies and Institutions (MGB, DILG, NAMRIA, MMDA and PAGASA). The Convention aims to showcase the usage of REDAS, get feedbacks and recommendations, update users of recent developments in the REDAS Software, and for participants to interact with other REDAS users.
The first day opened with a Welcome Remarks by PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. This was followed by talks about Yolanda’s Storm Surge by Ma.Cecilia Monteverde of PAGASA-DOST and the Geologic Impacts and Seismic Characteristics of the Oct. 15, 2013 Bohol Earthquake by Mabeline Cahulogan and Ishmael C. Narag, both of PHIVOLCS-DOST. Maria Leonila P. Bautista of DOST-PHIVOLCS then gave a summary of the first REDAS Convention held in 2011. The REDAS System upgrade to version 2.8f was done simultaneously by all participants. An over view of Exposure Database Module (EDM) was also given by Angelito G. Lanuza.
The second day saw the presentation of the REDAS users coming from the LGUs (Sorsogon Province, Maria Aurora, Aurora province and Bago City, Negros Occidental province) as well as from SUCs (Nueva Vizcaya State University, University of Southeastern Philippines, Isabela State University, Cagayan State University, and Central Luzon State University) on their usage of REDAS Software. The latest features of REDAS and the Earthquake Risk Assessment Module accompanied by hands-on exercises were taught to the participants during the third day.
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The 2nd REDAS Convention Resolutions were also crafted on the 1st day, reviewed on the 2nd day, and finally presented and signed on the 3rd day during the 3-day convention. The crafting was facilitated by Prof. Ebinezer R. Florano, Director of CPED, UP NCPAG. The participants were first made to answer the question “What lessons in DRRM can be learned from the aftermath of the Yolando disaster in terms of the four key areas of disaster risk management namely mitigation, preparedness, response and rehabilitation ?”. The answere were tabulated and from where the major gists of the declaration emanated. Two declarations resulted. The first declaration, Declaration 2013-1, highlighted the need to institutionalize and strengthen the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (LDRRMOs) all over the country by appealing to the Chairman of Civil Service Commission and the Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management to cause the fast-tracking of the issuance of guidelines for the budget and compensation of LDRRMOs. The second declaration, Declaration 2013-2, highlighted the need of harmonizing the exposure database collection process of REDAS with that of the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS) of the DILG to create a comprehensive dataset for use in effective disaster risk reduction and management. To effect this, the participants requested the Secretary of DILG to cause the harmonization of CBMS data and its collection methods and tools with those of PHIVOLCS and PAGASA. The declaration also requested the Administrator of OCD, Director of PAGASA, Director of PHIVOLCS, and Chairperson of CHED to jointly support the development of tools for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.
For the closing ceremony, Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, PHIVOLCS Deputy Director, discussed the ongoing and future development plans for REDAS. Meanwhile. facilitations were led by Maria Leonila Bautista, Ishmael Narag, Angelito Lanuza, Rhommel Grutas, Winchelle Sevilla, Myleen Enriquez, Nora Campita, Esfeca Del Mundo, Allan Loza, Aaron Lawrence Banes, Alejo Baloloy, Analyn Aquino, Jayvie Nadua, Debbie Erica Estipular, Johnlery Deximo, Abigail Polintan, Anne Loraine Delos Santos, Kervin Macaranas and Project Assistants Miguel Carreon, Kenneth Quisado, Dave Andrei Rivera, Ruffy Villanueva, Grace Sinadjan, Lira Habana, Trisha Guevarra and John Ted Sison.