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PRESS RELEASE: DOST-PHIVOLCS TO CONDUCT TRAINING FOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS IN ORMOC CITY
Monday, 23 April 2018 15:31

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) will conduct a three-day “Teachers’ Training on Communicating Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic Hazards” for high school teachers of Ormoc City on April 24-26, 2018 at Pongos Hotel, Ormoc City, Leyte.

Through a series of lectures and applied workshop, DOST-PHIVOLCS aims to train teachers on basic information about the science of volcano, earthquake, tsunami and its hazards, preparedness and how to communicate these information to their students.

DOST-PHIVOLCS awareness and preparedness program intends to equip school children with the right information to prepare, respond and protect oneself during volcanic eruption, earthquake and tsunami since children are vulnerable to the dangers brought by these occurrences.

The three-day training is normally offered to selected public high school teachers only. This time however, selected Science teachers and school disaster risk reduction focal person/coordinator from 26 high schools, both public and private, in Ormoc City are expected to participate on this training in coordination with the Department of Education (DepEd) and the local government of Ormoc City.

The province of Leyte is transected and bounded by active earthquake generators and therefore, large-magnitude earthquakes have occurred in the area. A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the province last 6 July 2017. The epicenter is located 15.5 km northeast of Ormoc City, Leyte. The earthquake was generated by the movement of Leyte Segment of the Philippine Fault.

Earlier this year, DOST-PHIVOLCS inaugurated the reconstructed Palo Seismic Station damaged by Typhoon Yolanda in Palo, Leyte. This earthquake monitoring station has and will significantly benefit the Province of Leyte through increased detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by active earthquake sources in and around the province.

 

For information about the event, please contact:

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, DOST

and Officer-in-Charge, PHIVOLCS

(632) 926-2611

 

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PRESS RELEASE: HAZARDS INFORMATION AT THE TIP OF YOUR FINGERS
Friday, 20 April 2018 15:29

The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) has provided our stakeholders a convenient, quick, and hassle-free online access to hazard maps. Local government units, government agencies, and other stakeholders can now access hazard maps using their computers and even through their smartphones free of charge.

Stakeholders can now go to https://gisweb.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph/hazardmap and fill out the form to download the maps. Active faults, ground shaking, liquefaction, earthquake-induced landslide, tsunami, volcanic hazards, and lahar hazard maps can be downloaded through a link that will be sent via email. The hazard maps are in kmz, pdf or jpg formats. Specific hazards assessment and SHP file may be requested as well.

The hazard maps should be used as basis for disaster awareness, prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response plans of the local government. It can also be used as a tool for land-use planning, teaching aid, urban planning, and risk assessment.

Accessing the hazard maps online through this site in the comfort of their homes or offices will save the stakeholders the time and money. This is one of the efforts of DOST-PHIVOLCS to continually improve our services to serve the public better.

 

 

For information about the event, please contact:

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr.

Undersecretary for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, DOST

and Officer-in-Charge, PHIVOLCS

(632) 926-2611

 

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PHIVOLCS Trains Tarlac Towns of Anao and Moncada Conduct Exposure Data Gathering using REDAS EDM android application
Wednesday, 28 March 2018 15:48

PHIVOLCS conducted a four-day training on exposure data collection for the Tarlac towns of Moncada and Anao from March 19 - 22, 2018.  Last January 29 to February 3, 2018,  nine Tarlac towns underwent a six day REDAS training through the support of the Office of Congressman Carlos O. Cojuangco of the First District of Tarlac.  The towns of Moncada and Anao were first among the batch who requested assistance from PHIVOLCS for help in developing their own exposure database that can be used for impact estimation.  The REDAS Exposure Database Module (EDM) android application version 2.6 was the tool used in data collection.  There was a total of 23 participants during the training with 15 representatives from Moncada and eight from Anao.  The survey was also conducted under the PHIVOLCS project “Seismic Risk Assessment of Selected Areas in the Philippines (SeRene)” which aims to generate earthquake impact assessment of Tarlac province for their use in disaster preparedness, emergency and land use planning

The pilot barangays chosen for the survey were Poblacion 3 for Moncada and Poblacion for Anao. On the first day, the participants were given overview of the Exposure Database Module and the UPD-ICE Building Typology. The second day was set for the lectures on REDAS as a risk assessment tool and the use of REDAS - EDM survey tool for Android Devices. An initial survey was done on the same day to provide them with first-hand training on the software. The rest of the assigned areas were completed on the third day. The data managers were taught how to prepare the survey data for the risk assessment procedure using REDAS software.They were also shown how the survey data would look like by using the REDAS-EDM for PC and QGIS.

PHIVOLCS staffs led by Engr. Angelito Lanuza and Johnlery Deximo visited Anao Mayor Betty B. Lacbayan and discussed with her the activities being conducted and the benefits to the town’s disaster risk reduction efforts

Although only one barangay was targeted by the team per town, the Moncada representatives surveyed a total of 206 buildings for Brgy. Poblacion 3 and Brgy. Poblacion 1. On the other hand, the Anao representatives gathered 196 data for Brgys. Poblacion and Brgy. San Juan. After the survey, the facilitators presented the comparison of the risk assessment using PSA Data and using survey data. On the last day of training, the municipalities set a timeline when which they would be able to accomplish the necessary procedures on risk assessment using REDAS. Both Moncada and Anao planned to finish the survey of their respective municipalities on May 5, 2018.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Angelito Lanuza, Johnlery Deximo, John Ted Sison, Lawrence Lontoc, Chayserie Moises-Canlas, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Alyssa Marie Bautista, Marcos Viñas, and Ian Javier.

 
Energy Sector's Earthquake Readiness Enhanced by Filipino Software
Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:05

 

DOE AND DOST MOVE TO SECURE THE ENERGY FACILITIES: The DOE and DOST signed on 16 March 2018 a Memorandum of Agreement (MO A) to enhance the capacity of the energy sector in assessing the risk hazards of an impending earthquake that may have adverse impacts on energy facilities and services as well as people. The MOA entails training on the use of the Filipino-made Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) software, which is a tool for preparing and responding to calamities and disasters. Sealing the deal with Energy Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi is DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. with DOE Senior Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas and PHIVOLCS Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista as witnesses.

(Taguig City). “Wag na tayong magpatumpik-tumpik pa,” emphasized Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso G. Cusi during the signing of an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Friday (16 March) to use a Filipino-made software to enhance the capacity of all stakeholders in earthquake readiness.

This is a timely response to the magnitude 6.5-earthquake that hit Visayas last year, affecting electricity supply delivery in Leyte, Samar and Bohol. This incident revealed the vulnerability of the country’s energy systems to earthquakes.

Cusi pointed out: “It is the mandate of the DOE to ensure that energy services will be available to everyone immediately after an emergency situation.” This pronouncement supports President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to ensure disaster resilience.

“We need all available tools and technologies to enhance our resiliency planning and implementation,” Cusi emphasized, citing the threat of a magnitude 7.2-earthquake and other calamities, which pose risks to operations in the energy sector.

The Memorandum of Agreement (M OA)  entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Energy Sector on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development Through the Use of the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Software” was inked on 16 March at the DOE-Media Center in Taguig City by DOE Sec. Cusi and DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr., and witnessed by DOE Undersecretary Jesus Cristino P. Posadas and DOST- Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista.

For the energy sector’s capacity enhancement, the MOA outlines the development of database on hazard, risk assessment and exposure to earthquake through the use of the DOST-PHIVOLCS’ REDAS software. It can be used as a tool for emergency preparedness, contingency planning and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction.

Under the MOA, the DOE and PHIVOLCS would undertake and pursue intensive REDAS training, endeavor knowledge and resources sharing to complement each other on the implementation of the program, among other assistance and cooperation needed for the attainment of the goals and objectives to prepare the energy sector on possible earthquake hazards.

REDAS will be helpful in providing quick and near-real-time simulated earthquake hazard information to disaster managers which will help them in assessing the distribution and extent of the impacts of a strong earthquake to their people and assets. The data generated could also provide information and insights for better resource management and asset resiliency.

REDAS can be used to compute ground-shaking, earthquake-induced landslides, liquefaction and even tsunamis. Other capabilities of the tool include earthquake sorting capability, generating seismicity maps, onscreen map digitization and building of database on earthquake hazard risks as well as wind hazards.

The partnership of the DOE and DOST-PHIVOLCS is also in line with the recently signed Department Circular No. ‎2018-01- 0001or the “Adoption of Energy Resiliency in the Planning and Programming of the Energy Sector to Mitigate Potential Impacts of Disasters”, also known as the Energy Resiliency Policy.

The Energy Resiliency Policy was issued as a foundation to make the Philippines an energy-resilient country. The policy also aims to unify the energy sector in mainstreaming disaster risk reduction in its plans, programs and activities.

The policy likewise seeks to institutionalize the strengthening of energy systems and facilities, and to enable the quick restoration and provision of an alternative power source that will alleviate consumer conditions during emergencies and disasters.

“Because of this partnership with PHIVOLCS, more collaborative efforts within the energy sector will result and in the end, it will make the country more competitive,” Cusi concluded.
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Reference:
Usec. Wimpy Fuentebella
DOE Spokesperson
09189467993

Pamsy L. Tioseco
Public/Media Affairs Office Head
09178343449
 
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