The 3rd REDAS Users' Convention was held last October 17 - 19, 2016 at PHIVOLCS in Quezon City. A total of 55 participants, 32 from local government units, 5 from state universities and colleges, 15 from national government agencies and 3 from private companies, attended the convention. The LGUs were Rosario and General Trias City (Cavite), Surigao City (Surigao Del Norte), Tandag City (Surigao del Sur), Buhi (Camarines Sur), Concepcion, Carles, Lemery (Iloilo), Quezon (Nueva Vizcaya), Lopez and Unisan (Quezon), Hagonoy (Bulacan), Bago City (Negros Occidental), and Makati City (Metro Manila). The State Universities and Colleges were Isabela State University, Cagayan State University, University of the Philippines - Department of Civil Engineering and East Visayas State University. The National Government Agencies: NAMRIA, PCIEERD-DOST, PAGASA-DOST, MGB, DPWH-BOD, DOST Region II, DILG Benguet and DOH-HEMB as well as MMDA. The private companies were Globe Telecom and Aboitiz Equity Ventures. The Convention aimed to showcase the usage of REDAS, introduce new modules, get feedbacks and recommendations, and for REDAS users to interact with each other.The three-day convention had the following themes: REDAS Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) for Day 1, REDAS Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLOAT) for Day 2, and REDAS Seismic Hazard Assessment (SHAke) for Day 3. A half-day session to showcase REDAS usage by participants was allotted in Day 2. Simultaneous with the sessions, participants were given upgrades of the REDAS software (version 2.9a) as well as the REDAS Exposure Database Module (EDM) and Tool for Seismic Intensity Reporting (ToSIR), which are new REDAS applications using Android devices.
Day 1 started with a Welcome Remarks by PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. This was followed by the introduction of the participants by Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza. Then, REDAS Coordinator Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista presented the Aims and Overview of the Convention. The technical session began with the talk of Recent Severe Wind Impacts by Ma. Cecilia Monteverde of PAGASA-DOST. Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera presented an overview on the Building Typology and Vulnerability Curves while Engr. Analyn D. Aquino gave a lecture on the Introduction of LGU Exposure Database. Mr. Ruffy R. Villanueva conducted a lecture about the data preparation of of the SWIFT module. After these preparatory lectures, a hands-on exercise on the SWIFT module was led by Ms. Analiza Tuddao from PAGASA-DOST.
The second day started with a discussion about Recent Damaging Floods by Engr. Socrates Paat Jr. of PAGASA-DOST. This was then followed by the data preparations of FLOAT delivered by Mr. Ruffy R. Villanueva. After these, hands-on exercise on the usage of FLOAAT was led by Engr. Greggue Ann Lyza Castro. The afternoon session was devoted to four presentations on REDAS Usage. The first presentation was by Mr. Elmer Rosete from Isabela State University with the title "Estimating Impacts of Damaging Earthquake Risks: Application of Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) in Region 01". The next presenter was Mr. Policarpio L. Maborrang, Jr. from Cagayan State University with the lecture entitled "Mga Guhit sa REDAS Tungo sa Bayang Ligtas". The talk discussed a project that CSU will implement to generate earthquake-risk maps for the different campuses of the university. The third speaker was from the private sector, Globe Telecom. The talk entitled "The Value of REDAS for Globe’s Business Continuity" were presented by Jayme Gonzales and Ryan Patiu of the Globe Telecom's Business Continuity Section. The last presenters were Liz Velle Ramos and Franklin Sanchez, both from Makati City LGU with the topic "Makati City REDAS Application: Mapping our way towards resilience". They wanted to apply the REDAS software in developing the exposure database of their city. In order to address newcomers, a recap of the REDAS -SWIFT Lecture was presented by Mr. Clint Drexel Ongue and Mr. John Ted Sison after the four presentations. In between sessions, the participants were invited to visit the PHIVOLCS Data Receiving Center (DRC) to get a first-hand glimpse of the earthquake-monitoring facilities in the country.
The third day focused on the earthquake-related lectures. It started with the lecture about the REDAS EDM for Android Devices by Engr. Greggue Ann Lyza Castro and followed by REDAS ToSIR by Mr. Clint Drexel Ongue. These were then followed by hands-on on REDAS - SHAKE given by Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera. The last lecture is the "Recent Damaging Earthquakes" by Mr. Ishmael C. Narag. To conclude the convention, PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista gave the closing remarks.
Speakers and facilitators for the Third REDAS Users' Convention are Renato U. Solidum Jr., Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, Angelito G. Lanuza, Melcario Pagtalunan, Julius M. Galdiano, Jayvie H. Nadua, Analyn D. Aquino, Johnlery P. Deximo, Arianne Gail S. Rivera, Joel S. Oestar, Dandy N. Camero, Emmanuelle D. Mitiam, Keith Lawrence V. Rambla, Lara Jennina A. Gianan, Dave Andrei Rivera, Ruffy R. Villanueva, John Ted Sison, Yvan F. Pagdonsolan, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Greggue Ann Lyza Castro, Chrisfil V. Tesoro, Joana C. Umbaña, Chayserie A. Moises and Clint Drexel M. Ongue.