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PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Ifugao Province PDF Print
Monday, 27 July 2015 10:27

Ifugao Province underwent the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System Software training which was held at the Banaue Hotel, Banaue, Ifugao last June 29 to July 04, 2015. The training is entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software”. A total of 23 participants from different offices of the Ifugao PLGU (PDRRMO, PPDO, PEO, PASO, and PAENRO), Ifugao LGUs (Alfonso Lista, Banaue, and Kiangan), together with guest participants from Bolinao, Pangasinan, Bogo City, Cebu and CAR Regional offices of DILG, NEDA and OCD attended the training. A total of 22 license keys was issued during the training. The first training day was alloted for copying and installation of the REDAS software and its modules while the remaining days were allotted for hands-on activities, GPS fieldwork and DRR workshop. The android EDM app was also used during the fieldwork. 

Participants with their hands-on exercises and outputs.

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REDAS Training for Catanduanes Province under READY Project PDF Print
Monday, 27 July 2015 10:24

A training entitled “Mainstreaming DRR into Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness Through the Provision and Use of REDAS Software” was conducted by PHIVOLCS for the province of Catanduanes, from May 25 – 30, 2015. It was held at Rakdell Inn, Virac, Catanduanes. A total of 45 participants attended the training. Participants are from the 11 municipalities of Catanduanes, Catanduanes PDRRMO, PPDO and Governor’s Office. The provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte also participated. There were also participants from the agencies of DOST-PSTC Catanduanes, PAGASA Legazpi & Virac, DILG Catanduanes, OCD 5 and HLURB 5. A total of 45 license keys was issued in this training. The training is being supported by the READY Project. Participants were trained how to use basic REDAS features as well as its seismic hazard assessment, impact estimation and exposure database modules.

Group photo of the participants and the facilitators led by Dr. Bartolome C Bautista.

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PHIVOLCS, OCD launch Valley Fault System Atlas PDF Print
Monday, 18 May 2015 18:20

With the consolidated mapping activities of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) and efforts by partner-agencies, the Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas, a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, was finally unveiled on May 18, 2015 at the institute’s auditorium, Quezon City.

It can be recalled that PHIVOLCS’ mapping efforts redefined the location of fault traces and validated previously mapped traces of the VFS.

The atlas was a result of PHIVOLCS’ review of the VFS as one of the component activities of the AusAid-funded GMMA Ready Project under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) back in 2012.

The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) with two fault traces: the 10 km long East Valley Fault in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake which poses threat to people’s lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood.

Director Renato U. Solidum Jr. of PHIVOLCS said that the location of active faults is a major basis for people’s preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response, and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures. Future development needs to consider these faults so people won’t be at risk.

Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama, Administrator of Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and Executive Director of NDRRMC emphasized in his keynote message that the atlas is a solid reference in the selection of evacuation centers, safe routes and other risk management items.

“Extensive preparations and proper coordination of actions and sharing of expertise are in order so that we can, as a national team, win this important game in our administration of our duties and responsibilities, not only to your partners and shareholders but to your constituents as well,” he added.

UNDP Country Director Titon Mitra said in his message that it’s not the earthquakes that kill people but the poor planning practices, inadequate preparedness and the lack of application of appropriate building standards.

Chairperson Atty. Francis Tolentino stated in a message that as a partner of the GMMA Ready project, the Metropolitan Meanila Development Authority (MMDA) vows to help in decreasing the vulnerability of GMMA to natural hazards and strengthening its resiliency by managing disaster and climate change risks.

Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City expressed his appreciation upon receiving a copy of the atlas and showed willingness to look into the stability of the city’s infrastructures.

Mayor Reynaldo San Pedro of San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan, officers of Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and project partners from Philippine Atmospheric and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Climate Change Commission, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) also attended the launching and received copies of the material.

 
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