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.
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.