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READY, SHAKE, GO! PDF Print
Monday, 25 April 2016 16:26

Government Agencies and Local Government Units (LGUs) participated in the 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) that was held last April 21, 2016. The ceremonial pushing of the button to signal the start of the Nationwide Earthquake Drill took place at Air Force City, Clark, Pampanga.

Some employees and members of the Philippine Air Force simulated the Duck, Cover and Hold (DCH), and evacuated from their building to an open space designated as their safe area. Tents that were put up near the hangar of Air Force City acted as the Incident Command Post and Medical Area. DSWD served food from their Mobile Kitchen, and provided assistance to the ‘victims’. A video of the search and rescue operation headed by the Department of Health (DOH) was shown in a video screen.

Secretary of National Defense and Chairperson of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Hon. Voltaire Gazmin and DSWSD Secretary Corazon Soliman arrived to attend the ‘emergency meeting’ with PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum Jr., Undersecretary Alexander Pama, and other members of NDRRMC. 

The 1st quarter NSED simulated a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Metro Manila. Air Force City was chosen as the pilot area for the drill since it was decided that in case of a devastating earthquake affecting Metro Manila, Clark would serve as the Central Command Center.

As the agency mandated to monitor and study earthquakes, The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) pushed for the continued promotion of Earthquake awareness and preparedness since it introduced the conduct of earthquake drills in schools way back 2002. In Quezon City Main Office, PHIVOLCS participated in the 1st Quarter NSED to show its support to NDRRMC and encourage everyone not only to join the NSED, but also to increase their knowledge about Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards.

The alarm signaled the start of the drill and the employees of PHIVOLCS did the Duck, Cover, and Hold technique. Afterwards, everyone evacuated at the parking lot which was the designated evacuation area with their Emergency Supply Kit (ESK). A search and rescue scenario also took place after the evacuation. Employees who attended the three-day Occupational First Aid Training last March 28-30, 2016 acted as First Aiders and helped their ‘injured’ officemates.

 
PHIVOLCS HAND OVER HAZARD MAPS TO BOHOL LGU PDF Print
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 15:52

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) handed over new Bohol hazard maps to the local government last April 4, 2016 at the Conference Room of Governor’s Mansion in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

PHIVOLCS hand over Bohol hazard maps

A press conference, InfoSentro sa PHIVOLCS, was held and Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., PHIVOLCS Director, gave an update regarding the new earthquake monitoring stations located in Bohol and nearby areas, and what has been done by PHIVOLCS after the 2013 Bohol Earthquake.

During the press conference, Dr. Solidum said that the residents of Bohol can be rest assured that no more large earthquake would occur generated by the North Bohol Fault. However, he also talked about the possibility of a large earthquake occurring in Bohol generated by the East Bohol Fault and encouraged everyone to prepare for the said possibility.

Dr. Solidum talked about the multi-hazard mapping and re-assessment and validation of previous hazard maps in Bohol conducted by PHIVOLCS staff and presented the updated hazard maps for earthquake-induced landslide, earthshaking, ground rupture, liquefaction, and tsunami. The hazard maps should be use as basis for disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response plans of the local government.

Mr. Anthony Damalerio, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation (PDRRM) Officer, received the hazard maps and said that they would use the maps in their disaster preparedness and rescue plans.

Bohol Governor Edgar Chatto held a meeting with Dr. Solidum and other PHIVOLCS staff to discuss the hazard maps handed over to the province of Bohol and a possibility of putting up an earthquake museum in the province.

The island of Bohol experienced a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. The earthquake was generated by the reverse fault movement of North Bohol Fault and had caused damages in different municipalities. PHIVOLCS had been conducting, multi-hazard mapping and re-assessment and validation of previous hazard maps in Bohol. Updated hazard maps for earthquake-induced landslide, earthshaking, ground rupture, liquefaction, and tsunami are now available.

 
PHIVOLCS CONDUCTS TEACHERS’ TRAINING IN TAGBILARAN, BOHOL PDF Print
Monday, 11 April 2016 14:47

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) conducted a three day “Training on Communicating Earthquake, Tsunami, and Volcanic Hazards for High School Teacher” last April 5-7, 2016 at the Arabelle Suites, Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

The three-day training aims to prime selected high school teachers from Cogon High School Evening Class, Cr. Cecilio Putong National High School, Manga National High School, Mansasa National High School, Tagbilaran City Science High School, San Isidro National High School, and Tagbilaran City SPED High School on basic information about the science of volcano, earthquake, tsunami and their hazards, and how to communicate these information to prepare their students. Representatives from Department of Education (DepEd) Bohol, Department of Science and Technology – Provincial Science and Technology Center (DOST-PSTC), and Telephone and Radio System Integrated Emergency Response (TaRSIER) 117 also participated in the training.

The training followed the outline of the ‘Teachers’ Module: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Volcanic Hazards Basic Concepts and Preparedness Measures’ developed by PHIVOLCS. During the training, PHIVOLCS staff gave lectures in earthquake, tsunami, volcano, and their hazards. The participants also engaged in activities such as Field/School Survey, Output Presentations, Practical Exercises, Experiments, and Teaching Demonstration. Information Materials from PHIVOLCS were also given to the participants.

This program of PHIVOLCS intends to capacitate teachers to help school children learn how to prepare, respond, and protect oneself during earthquake and tsunami since children are vulnerable to the dangers brought by these occurrences.

PHIVOLCS demonstrates seismic waves using slinky or a helical spring Participants perform "duck/drop, cover, and hold" during the training 

Participant explains their workshop out on Nature of Hazards The participants of the 3-day teachers' training.

The island of Bohol experienced a Magnitude 7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013. The earthquake was generated by the reverse fault movement of North Bohol Fault and had caused damages in different municipalities. PHIVOLCS had been conducting, multi-hazard mapping and re-assessment and validation of previous hazard maps in Bohol. Updated hazard maps for earthquake-induced landslide, earthshaking, ground rupture, liquefaction, and tsunami are now available.

 
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