Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:50

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) officials turned over to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) earthquake and tsunami monitoring equipment in a symbolic hand-over ceremony at PHIVOLCS Auditorium, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City on October 15, 2015.

JICA started the Project for Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management last 2012 through its technology partner NEC Corporation, formerly known as Nippon Electric Company, Limited, with the goal of improving disaster risk management in the Philippines. The project aims to enhance disaster risk reduction and provide timely and reliable warnings and information for the public. In this project, they provided 10 Broadband Strong Motion Seismometers, 36 Strong Motion Seismometers, 19 Sea-level Monitoring Stations and 240 Intensity Meters.

The monitoring equipment aids in the assessment of manmade structures, as well as quick determination of intensities in affected areas.  The near real-time and accurate information would help authorities and agencies in providing rescue or relief operations quickly.

PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr. toured Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines His Excellency Mr. Kazuhide Ishikawa, JICA Philippines Chief Representative Mr. Noriaki Niwa, and Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro, who attended the event in behalf of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo, upon their arrival at PHIVOLCS. Director Solidum showed the guests the earthquake and tsunami monitoring equipment being used in Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division (SOEPD) of PHIVOLCS.

Nine (9) out of the 10 broadband strong motion seismometers and 30 of the 36 strong motion seismometers were already installed and working. The rest of the equipment would be installed by 2016. In addition, 13 sea-level monitoring stations were already placed throughout the country’s coastline. “Tsunamis do not recognize boundaries,” said Director Solidum of PHIVOLCS. “The protection of the Philippines is the protection of those in Japan and those along the coastlines” he added.

During the ceremonial turn-over, Japanese Ambassador Ishikawa handed-over a symbolic seismometer to Director Solidum. In exchange, Director Solidum gave Ambassador Ishikawa and Mr. Niwa miniature jeepneys and volcanic ash shaped as Mayon Volcano as a token of appreciation.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:48

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), together with the Quezon City Science Community Foundation, Inc. (QCSCFI) conducted a press conference, Infosentro, at the PHIVOLCS’ Conference Room last October 14, 2015.

The panel was composed of the Board of Directors of QCSCFI with current president Dr. Evangeline Bautista, Dean of Ateneo de Manila, Ret. PC/Supt. Elmo San Diego, Head of Department of Public Order and Safety, Dr. Almunda dela Rosa, Director of Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) and treasurer of QCSCFI, PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr., and Dr. Grace dela Calzada of Philippine Children’s Medical Center as representative of Dr. Julius Lecciones. Mr. Paul Limhada attended the event in behalf of Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista.

Dr. Bautista started the Infosentro with a brief introduction about QCSCFI, a multi-disciplinary organization composed of 20 Science-based government and private institutions. QCSCFI was formed in 1993 by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with the objective of being able to use Science to assist Quezon City in its needs. The three main focus of QCSCFI are environment, education, and health. 

The panel welcomed questions from the 16 members of the press who attended the Infosentro. Projects and participation of the different institutions were also discussed.PNRI Director Dr. delaRosa mentioned that they are working on a project involving “irradiated ration that has a long shelf-life which could be used in times of emergency.” 

Dr. Solidum and Ret. PC/Supt. San Diego said that Quezon City was the first local government unit who worked with PHIVOLCS regarding the valley fault and the preparedness of the community for the ‘Big One’. The latter also mentioned about commissioning a Ground Penetrating Radar to convince those who are still skeptic about the valley fault and the probability of a strong earthquake.

Infosentro was held during the “Workshop on the Integrating Hazard Maps into the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan of Selected Barangays in Quezon City.” The workshop, spearheaded by PHIVOLCS in partnership with Quezon City government aims to increase community and family preparedness.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015 12:34

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), in partnership with the Quezon City Science Community Foundation, Inc. (QCSCFI) conducted a Workshop on Integrating Hazard Maps into the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Plan of Selected Barangays in Quezon City last October 14, 2015 at PHIVOLCS Auditorium, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

The one-day workshop was held to be able to increase the community and family preparedness, enhance the communication system, and identify evacuation areas within the barangay immediately after an earthquake. 

The 120 participants from the nine barangays and the staff of Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office actively participated in the different activities such as answering the question “How Safe is my House?” and identifying evacuation areas in each barangays. They also presented the outputs of the activity at the end of the workshop.

Through the use and integration of information from the Valley Fault System and other earthquake-related hazard and risk maps in the current Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Plan of selected barangays in Quezon City, the workshop produced nine barangay maps with identified evacuation areas and a list of available communication resources for Bagong Silangan, Batasan Hills, Matandang Balara, Pansol, Blue Ridge B, Libis, Bagumbayan, White Plais, and Ugong Norte.

The workshop was organized as part of the disaster risk reduction efforts of Quezon City, together with PHIVOLCS and QCSCFI, to help the officials from the nine barangays of Quezon City traversed the West Valley Fault to prepare the community and families in case a major earthquake will occur.

PHIVOLCS conducts REDAS Training for the Province of Quezon
Tuesday, 20 October 2015 09:58

From August 3-8, 2015, the province of Quezon underwent on a training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction Into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness Through the Use of the REDAS Software” under the supervision of PHIVOLCS-REDAS team. It was held at Queen Margarette Hotel, Lucena City, Quezon Province. The training was participated by the different LGUs of Quezon as well as from the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, and Rizal.  A total of 82 participants attended and 79 license keys were issued.

The first training day was allotted for the installation and configuration of the REDAS software including accompanying software. The remaining days were designated for lectures about hazards, database development, building damage identification, exposure database development, map digitizing and Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment. These lectures were integrated with different hands on activities using the REDAS software. At the end of the week, the participants were exposed to field work around the capitol area of Quezon Province. The newly developed EDM Android Application by Dr. Bartolome Bautista was used during the fieldwork for database exposure.

Speakers and facilitators in the training were Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Henremagne Peñarubia, Abigail Polintan, Robjunelieaaa Lim, Anne Lorraine Delos Santos, Mary Rose San Diego, Lara Jennina Gianan, Romulo Pasagui, Marcial Vito, Keith Lawrence Rambla, Kenn Veracruz, all from PHIVOLCS and Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo from PAGASA.

Various group pictures showing participants and facilitators during the training and field survey using android devices are shown below:

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