PHIVOLCS Hosts Earthquake and Wind Exposure Vulnerability Workshop PDF Print
Monday, 15 March 2010 08:07

Government engineers, seismologists, geologists and weather specialists, together with professional civil and structural engineers gathered for a 2-day workshop at Tagaytay· City on 12-13 March 2010. ·The meeting entitled, “Earthquake and Wind Exposure Vulnerability Workshop,” aimed to develop a basic suite of vulnerability models for common structural types in the Philippines which can subsequently be used in severe wind and earthquake impact assessments.

2010 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill (NSED) set PDF Print
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 11:34

The Department of Education (DepEd) in collaboration with the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) will be holding the 1st Quarter 2010 simultaneous earthquake drill for public schools on 17 February, Wednesday. To host the event as ceremonial site for the drill will be the San Juan·Elementary School, San Juan·City. The school is expected to showcase its earthquake preparedness and respose capabilities as the siren signaling a strong earthquake is heard at exactly 9 in the morning. Students, teachers and staff will demonstrate the “Duck,Cover and Hold, ” then quickly evacuate to designated open space after the “earthquake.” All public schools are expected to participate in this nationwide exercise.


PHIVOLCS Conducts Earthquake Drill and NDCC Launches Earthquake Preparedness Video PDF Print
Thursday, 16 July 2009 11:46

On 16 July 1990, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake shook almost the entire island of Luzon. Nineteen years after, in commemoration of its anniversary and in observance of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, PHIVOLCS will conduct its fourth annual earthquake drill at 9:00 in the morning.

Besides the customary earthquake drill comprised of the Alarm, Response, Evacuation, Assembly, Headcount and Evaluation phases, the five divisions of PHIVOLCS will execute a continuity plan. The Seismological Observation and Earthquake Prediction Division (SOEPD) will attempt to carry out its seismic monitoring at the evacuation area with the use of generators for power supply, and wireless and satellite phones for communication. With the aid of its mirror seismic station in Tagaytay City, the central office will continue its operations particularly in plotting the location of the earthquake and issuing earthquake bulletins. Personnel from the other divisions will likewise evacuate and take with them the essential things that will enable them to proceed with their fundamental duties even after a destructive earthquake. PHIVOLCS also invited its neighboring office- UP Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Development (OVCRD) to participate in the exercise.

Furthermore, the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) will launch its audio-visual film on earthquake preparedness at 8:30AM prior to the drill. This will be graced by the Defense Secretary, Honorable Gilberto C. Teodoro, Jr., and the Office of Civil Defense Administrator, MGen Glenn Rabonza. ·

With the continuing advocacy for a disaster-resilient country, the NDCC encourages everyone to initiate earthquake preparedness activities in their homes, schools, offices and communities.

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