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Strengthening multi-hazards awareness in Navotas City PDF Print
Friday, 28 February 2014 21:10

“Opportunity to learn.” This is what Honorable Mayor John Reynald M Tiangco of Navotas City, highlighted during his opening remarks at the 1-day seminar to present the results of the multi-hazards mapping and risk analysis conducted under the AusAID-funded projects Enhancing Greater Metro Manila Areas Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/ Climate Risk Management towards sustainable development (GMMA-READY) and Risk Analysis Project (RAP). The seminar was conducted in partnership with the City of Muntinlupa on 28 February at the Palaisdaan Hall, Navotas City. Mayor Tiangco further reminded the participants, mostly representatives from the 14 barangays and DRRM Office to listen, take note of significant information, and ask questions to ensure that they  learn about the details of what to expect in the event of occurrence of any of these expected hazards. Mayor Tiangco recognized the importance of repeating and disseminating these hazards information to their constituents in the barangay.  This is to ensure that communities are conscious to prepare for the different possible events.

As what PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bart Bautista discussed, preparedness is a very challenging process that needs strong commitment of the local leaders. Director Bautista also narrated how the five (5) national government agencies, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), and National Mapping Resources Information Agency (NAMRIA), Mines and Geoscience Bureau (MGB), Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) worked together  in this project to produce the hazard maps that will be used by the LGUs in their planning. Together with the Navotas City, our common goal is to make Navotas City safe from possible future natural hazardous event whether hyrometeorological or geological in nature.

The seminar-workshop aimed to further strengthen the awareness of Navotas City, and be able to enhance their existing DRRM Plan by integrating the additional information from the two projects into the plan. The program focused on the familiarization of the various geologic and hydrometeorological hazards maps. The seminar was attended in full force by officials from Navotas City DRRMO and representatives from the different departments, the 14 barangays, DepEd and schools representatives, rescue volunteers among others. A total of 86  participants attended the seminar. This joint GMMA-READY and RAP activity is supported by the Australian Aid Program (AusAID) thru the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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Muntinlupa City gets READY, further strengthens multi-hazards awareness PDF Print
Wednesday, 26 February 2014 19:56

A 1-day seminar to present the results of the multi-hazards mapping and risk analysis conducted under the AusAID-funded projects Enhancing Greater Metro Manila Areas Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/ Climate Risk Management towards sustainable development (GMMA-READY) and Risk Analysis Project (RAP) was conducted in partnership with the City of Muntinlupa on 26 February at the Muntinlupa City Hall AVR.

The seminar-workshop aimed to further strengthen the awareness of Muntinlupa City, and be able to enhance their existing DRRM Plan by integrating the additional information from the projects into the plan. The program focused on the familiarization of the various geologic and hydrometeorological hazards maps. The seminar was attended in full force by officials from Muntinlupa City DRRMO and representatives from the different departments, the 9 barangays, DepEd and schools representatives, rescue volunteers among others.

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PHIVOLCS-JICA Launch House Safety Information Materials PDF Print
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:42

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), the Japan International Cooperation Agency – Japan Science and Technology Agency (JICA-JST) and the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) launched the How Safe is My House?: A 12-Point Questionnaire at 9am on Feb. 19, 2014 at the PHIVOLCS Auditorium, Quezon City.

The 12-point questionnaire serves as a guide that will be used to evaluate the integrity of one’s house and its susceptibility to strong earthquakes.

Prior to the formulation of the “How Safe is My House? Self-Check for Earthquake Safety of Concrete Hollow Block (CHB) Houses in the Philippines” questionnaire, a full-scale shaking table experiment on CHB masonry structures was performed in Japan to make a comparison between two types of CHB houses.

Subsequently, one model showcased a code-compliant CHB house (Model A) while the other represented the more common residential CHB house (Model B) in the Philippines.

Through this “House Self-check,” an initial result can be produced to verify whether one’s house was properly built and has followed appropriate construction procedures and recommended measures.

Representatives from Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Science and Technology Information Institute (STII), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and different local media also attended the said event.

Engr. Ronaldo S. Ison of ASEP, Mr. Takahiro Sasaki of JICA Philippine Office, PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr., and Mr. Hiroshi Imai of NIED-Japan unveil the material.  PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum Jr gives an overview of the project.

Director Solidum turns over the said material to Mr. Takahiro Sasaki, Chief Representative of JICA Philippine Office.  Director Solidum explains further the content of the material to the media during the open forum.

 
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