Bulacan Province Strengthens Multi-Hazard Awareness through GMMA-READY IEC Campaign PDF Print
Wednesday, 30 July 2014 17:26

A two-batch seminar-workshop for understanding multi-hazard maps and indicative earthquake impact assessment results was conducted for the Bulacan province.  This in under the Enhancing Greater Metro Manila Areas Institutional Capacities for Effective Disaster/Climate Risk Management (GMMA READY) Project in partnership with the Bulacan province. The first batch was conducted last 07 July 2014 at the Hiyas ng Bulacan, Convention Center, City of Malolos and the second batch last 14 July 2014 at 8 Waves Hotel, San Rafael, Bulacan. A supposed-to-be third batch seminar-workshop was cancelled and rescheduled due to Typhoon Glenda.

The seminar-workshops, with  a total of 400 participants, were attended by barangays officials from Bulacan LGUs, PDRRMO, Bulacan PLGU, DILG Region 3 and other stakeholders. The seminar focused on familiarization on multi-hazard maps such as earthquake and hydro-meteorological hazards. The activity was done to further enhance and strengthen the consciuosness of barangay officials for community-level awareness. Workshops were done after presentation of each hazard to inform them of the different hazards present in their barangay, how to prepare for these hazards, and what to do before, during and after real events occur.

PHIVOLCS Director Renato U. Solidum, Jr. in his messages emphasized the importance and role of the local and barangay officials when it comes to disaster mitigation and cited the Typhoon Yolanda event as an example. Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado also gave his message and highlighted the importance of awareness to hazards, disaster preparedness and resiliency of his province during disasters.

Presentations of hazards, DRR framework, GMMA READY Project objectives and workhops were made by different resource speakers and facilitators from CSCAND(Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping Resources Information Agency (NAMRIA) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) agencies. Prior to the hazard lectures, a talk on map appreciation was discussed by resource persons from NAMRIA to facilitate easier usage of the maps. Topics on earthquake-related hazards (ground rupture, ground shaking, liquefaction, earthquake-induced landslide, tsunami), exposure data and earthquake impact assessment results were presented by PHIVOLCS speakers while hydro-meteorological hazards were discussed by resource speakers from PAGASA and MGB.

PHIVOLCS and Province of Albay Commemorate 200-years of 1814 Mayon Volcano Eruption, 26-27 June 2014, Legaspi, Albay PDF Print
Friday, 18 July 2014 14:53

Legaspi, Albay. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) in partnership with the Province of Albay commemorated the 200-years anniversary of the 1814 Mayon Volcano Eruption on 26-27 June at the La Piazza Hotel, Legaspi, Albay.

Eruptions from Mayon Volcano that people remember date back to 1968, 1978, 1984, 1993, 2000-2001, 2006 and 2009. What most people are probably not aware of is that, two hundred years ago, on 01 February 1814, Mayon Volcano gave one of its biggest, most destructive eruptions. This event affected the southern slope of the volcano, specifically Camalig, Cagsaua, Budiao and Guinobatan and resulted to 1,200 casualties. The ruins of Cagsaua Church wherein only the bell tower remains standing is a reminder and testimony of this disaster.

The 2-day conference was held to provide venue to hold a meeting of experts from different fields to share knowledge and experience. To have a science, historical and social perspectives, invited presentations 'had topics ranging from understanding Mayon

Earthquake Impact Assessment Methodologies: Exposure Database Development and Calculations Workshop for Region II and III State Universities and Colleges PDF Print
Monday, 16 June 2014 09:20

PHIVOLCS conducted another workshop entitled “Earthquake Impact Assessment Methodologies: Exposure Database Development and Calculations” for the Region II and III State Colleges and Universities (SUCs). This activity is in line with the Regional Disaster Science and Management S&T Capacity Development Project, which is being funded by DOST-PCIEERD, and which PHIVOLCS is providing the technical expertise.

Dr.Bartolome Bautista and Dr. Maria Leonila Bautista assisting  participants during the workshop.

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