PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Bulacan Province PDF Print
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:00

PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Bulacan Province PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled "Mainstreaming of Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the Provision and Use of the REDAS Software" last March 14-19, 2016 for the province of Bulacan. The training was held at Malolos Resort Club Royale, City of Malolos, Bulacan. 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 risk assessment. This is the fourth REDAS training batch for the province of Bulacan after the first three batches in 2006, 2011 and 2013.

There was a total of 52 participants during the training.  Fifty-one of them came from the local government units (LGUs) of the province of Bulacan, and one guest LGU from Teresa, Rizal. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.8X.  A total of 45 REDAS software license keys issued during the said event.

The training covered the installation and orientation on the basic features of REDAS Software, as well as lectures on hazards and basic map reading. Other topics included introduction to PHIVOLCS, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. In addition, other modules such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, and the EDM and MyTracks in Android devices were also installed and used 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  as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for conducting earthquake risk assessment.

REDAS Program Coordinator Maria Leonila P. Bautista teaches about the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System. REDAS facilitator Joana C. Umbaña providing assistance during the training exercises.

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.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Renato U. Solidum Jr, Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Rhommel N. Grutas, Myleen C. Enriquez, Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Ruffy R. Villanueva, John Ted S. Sison, Anne Lorraine T. Delos Santos, Chayserie A. Moises, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, and Joana C. Umbaña.

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.

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.

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