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SEM-Calaca Power Corporation undergoes REDAS Training PDF Print
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:17

Through the initiative of SEM-Calaca Power Corporation, a subsidiary of Semirara Mining & Power Corporation, the PHIVOLCS-REDAS Team conducted a six-day training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software for SEM-Calaca Power Corporation”. The training was held last February 1-6, 2015 at the SEM-Calaca Power Corporation power plant in Calaca, Batangas.

Trainees who underwent the training totalled to 21. Five of which were from DMCI Power Corporation, 14 from the local government units of Batangas City; municipalities of Balayan, Calaca, Calatagan, Lemery, Lian, San Luis, Taal, and Tuy; and 2 from the PDRRMO of the province of Batangas.

The training started off with introduction about PHIVOLCS, the REDAS software, GPS concepts, and a brief review of basic map reading. The following day concentrated on the utilization of the Exposure Database Module of the REDAS software, and the familiarization of the SQLite environment. In addition, there were also lectures on hydrometeorological, volcanic and earthquake hazards. Furthermore, lectures and hands-on exercises on SQLite as relational and spatial database system were also provided.

Trainees perform hands-on exercises using  REDAS

As the trainees went midway through the training, they were immersed into the concepts of incorporating and assessing hazards onto the REDAS software, thereby enabling them to produce hazard maps. There was also some time allotted to the conduct of fieldwork, wherein the trainees were able to utilize the capabilities of the REDAS EDM Android Tool. Said activity gave them the opportunity to survey and collect data for their Exposure Databases by using their Android mobile phones. These data were then collected and further analysed before the trainees were taught on how to use the data with the REDAS software. The training was capped with a DRR workshop, which aimed to serve as a stepping stone for the trainees in conceptualizing future plans and propositions for their respective units.

Fieldwork using REDAS EDM Android Tool

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito Lanuza, Perla J. Delos Reyes, Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Ruffy R. Villanueva, Lara Jennina A. Gianan, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Jehan Fe. S. Panti, and Yvan F. Pagdonsolan.