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PHIVOLCS Researchers Joins the First AOGS-EGU Joint Conference PDF Print
Monday, 12 February 2018 16:01

Twenty-two researchers from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) joined the first Asia Oceana Geosciences Society and European Geosciences Union’s Joint Conference held at Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay on February 5-8, 2018. A total of 23 research studies was presented through oral and poster parallel sessions with themes “Black Swan and Grey Swan events”, “Natural Hazards in the Megacity”, “Natural hazard communications, warning and Monitoring”, and “Single Hazard Case Studies”. Among the research studies presented are the results of the assessments of the 10 February 2017 Surigao Earthquake and 06 July 2017 Leyte Earthquake, Landslide Warning and Monitoring developments, Volcano Monitoring parameters and updates, and the newly released Philippine Earthquake Model.

The conference, with the theme “New Dimension for Natural Hazards in Asia”, was attended by 155 foreign researchers from Asia, Europe and America, and 58 local researchers. The conference was not just limited to research presentations, but also includes panel and breakout discussions. Among the topics discussed in the panel discussions are Space-Based Technologies, Science and Insurance, Stochastic, deterministic and heuristic approaches to natural hazards, and Civil Defense and Geological Disaster in the Philippine Perspective. The breakout discussions on the other hand, focused on science research ethics after the disaster, hazards mitigation, warning-systems, and policy-making, and challenges in natural hazards research.

Aside from the presentations, PHIVOLCS also led the Taal Volcano Fieldtrip on February 5, which includes trips at the Taal Volcano Observatory and Taal Volcano Main Crater Lake.

Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (WMEPD) Chief Mariton V. Bornas tours foreign AOGS participants at the Taal Volcano Observatory (TVO).

Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (WMEPD) Chief Mariton V. Bornas tours foreign AOGS participants at the Taal Volcano Observatory (TVO).

 

PHIVOLCS researchers explain the result of their studies through oral presentations.

PHIVOLCS researchers explain the result of their studies through oral presentations.

 

(Clockwise from Upper Right) Dr. Teresito Bacolcol, Dr. Arturo Daag, Dr. Ma. Leonila Bautista, and Dr. Paul Alanis discusses with other participants the result of their research.

(Clockwise from Upper Right) Dr. Teresito Bacolcol, Dr. Arturo Daag, Dr. Ma. Leonila Bautista, and Dr. Paul Alanis discusses with other participants the result of their research

 

(Clockwise from upper left) Ms. Ma. Isabel Abigania, Ms. Kathleen Papiona, Ms. Jayvie Nadua, Ms. Analyn Aquino, and Ms. Margarita Dizon, explains the results of the investigations done on the subsequent earthquakes of 2017, as well as the improvement on PHIVOLCS mapping systems.

(Clockwise from upper left) Ms. Ma. Isabel Abigania, Ms. Kathleen Papiona, Ms. Jayvie Nadua, Ms. Analyn Aquino, and Ms. Margarita Dizon, explains the results of the investigations done on the subsequent earthquakes of 2017, as well as the improvement on PHIVOLCS mapping systems.

 

  Junior researchers from PHIVOLCS (from upper left: Deo Carlo Llamas, Kimberley Vitto, Concepcion Barairo, Daniel Buhay and Robelyn Mangahas) enthusiastically present their studies to other researches during their first AOGS conference.

Junior researchers from PHIVOLCS (from upper left: Deo Carlo Llamas, Kimberley Vitto, Concepcion Barairo, Daniel Buhay and Robelyn Mangahas) enthusiastically present their studies to other researches during their first AOGS conference.

 

Improvements on warning, monitoring, and mapping of deep-seated landslides under the DOST Dynaslope Project was explained by (from upper left) Earl Anthony Mendoza, Brian Anthony Gumiran, and Nathan Azriel Veracruz.

Improvements on warning, monitoring, and mapping of deep-seated landslides under the DOST Dynaslope Project was explained by (from upper left) Earl Anthony Mendoza, Brian Anthony Gumiran, and Nathan Azriel Veracruz.

 

Dr. Ma. Leonila P. Bautista joins the panel in the discussion of “Civil Defense and Geological Disasters: the Philippine Perspective”.

Dr. Ma. Leonila P. Bautista joins the panel in the discussion of “Civil Defense and Geological Disasters: the Philippine Perspective”.

 
DOST-PHIVOLCS TO LAUNCH PHILIPPINE EARTHQUAKE MODEL ATLAS FOR DESIGNING EARTHQUAKE RESILIENT BUILDINGS PDF Print
Monday, 08 January 2018 15:54

The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) will launch the Philippine Earthquake Model (PEM) Atlas on January 17, 2018 at the 2/F Auditorium of PHIVOLCS Building, C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

This atlas is a handbook of probabilistic seismic hazard maps that will aid engineers in designing earthquake resilient buildings and structures. It can also be used as a tool for land use and urban planning, and disaster risk management plans of LGUs, government agencies, and other stakeholders.

The PEM Atlas aims to promote and enhance the existing National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP), a referral code of the National Buidling Code (NBC). This will serve as basis for designing earthquake resilient structures like residential and commercial buildings, critical facilities such as dams, bridges, and hospitals, and hazardous installations such as nuclear, biological, and chemical facilities.

PEM Atlas contains the Peak Ground Acceleration Maps and Spectral Acceleration Maps. These maps were generated from the Probabilistic Seismic Hazard Analysis (PSHA) through the collaborative efforts and expertise of seismologists, geologists, engineers, and researchers from DOST-PHIVOLCS in consultation with Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE), Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), University of the Philippines Diliman – Institute of Civil Engineering (UPD-ICE), DOST- Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI), De la Salle University (DLSU), National Housing Authority (NHA), Insurance Commission (IC), Philippine Insurers and Reinsurers Association, Inc (PIRA), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and Metro Manila local government units (LGUs).

Copies of PEM Atlas will be distributed to partners. Stakeholders may request a CD containing a digital copy of the PEM Atlas to DOST-PHIVOLCS.

 

For information about the event, please contact:

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, DOST

and Officer-in-Charge, PHIVOLCS

(632) 926-2611

 

[Download pdf - Press Release]

 
PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite PDF Print
Monday, 20 November 2017 09:55

PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Provision and Use of the REDAS Software" last September 18 - 23, 2017 for General Mariano Alvarez, Cavite. The training was held at Monte Vista Hotsprings & Conference Center, Brgy. Pansol, Calamba City. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for impact assessment.

There was a total of 19 participants during the training: MDRRMO (2), MPDC (2), MEO (2), Assessor's Office (1), ICT Office (2), Barangay Officials (4), DILG (1), BFP (1), Mayor's Office (1), Sangguniang Bayan Office (1), and guests from IBM Phils (2). The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9d.  A total of 21 REDAS software license keys was issued during the said event.

Group Picture of REDAS General Mariano Alvarez Participants

The first day of the training covered the introduction and installation of the REDAS Software, basic features of REDAS, and lecture on basic map reading. The succeeding days of the training covered lectures ranging from Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. The two new REDAS impact modules Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) and Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLOAT) were also taught in the training. In addition, software such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, and the EDM and MyTracks in Android devices were also taught during the training. The participants were taught how to use the EDM in Android Devices for conducting building survey. Different earthquake risk assessment methodologies and computations were also taught in the training, as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome Bautista giving a lecture on  Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module

The participants showed enthusiasm during the duration of the training. According to them, the tool will be able to help them determine the possible impacts from given earthquake scenarios. The convenience of the EDM for Android Devices was also a big help for them to prepare and plan accordingly by developing their own building exposure database.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, Angelito G. Lanuza, Jayvie H. Nadua, Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Johnlery P. Deximo, Emmanuel D. Mitiam, Mary Ann T. Montion, Roschele G. Ablan, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Joana C. Umbaña, and Chayserie A. Moises.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo, Bernard R. Punzalan II, both from PAGASA as well as  Nilo Lemuel J. Dolojan and Byron V. Baldivicio, both from MGB.

 
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