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PHIVOLCS conducted three online REDAS trainings for the City of Makati for the period September to October 2020.  The overall title of the training is “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of REDAS Software”. The three modules were entitled Basic REDAS and Seismic Hazard Assessment (Module 1) held on September 15 to 17, 2020, Developing Relational Database in REDAS (Module 2) held on September 28 to October 1, 2020, and REDAS Exposure Database Development (Module 3) conducted last October 13 to 15, 2020.

Module 1 covered the Installation and Basic Features of REDAS, lectures on Geologic Hazards, Map Reading, Philippine Seismicity and Earthquake Catalog and Seismic Hazard Assessment. Meanwhile, Module 2 focused on developing relational database in REDAS, with topics on the Development of SQlite Database, Usage of Quantum GIS, Plotting of Basemaps, Administrative Boundaries, and Multi-Hazard Maps in REDAS and lastly, Advanced SQLite Scripting. The third module on REDAS Exposure Database Development taught the participants how to develop their own exposure database.  To achieve this, the topics taught were Philippine Building Typology, Attributes and usage of the REDAS Exposure Data Mapper (EDM) using both the desktop and smartphone application and the Smartphone Application, Development of Exposure Database using StreetView, and Exposure Data Management using GeoMapperPH.

The training was headed by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS officer-in-charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., REDAS Programme coordinator and Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, and REDAS Course advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza. The speakers and facilitators for the three combined modules included Ma. Antonia V. Bornas, Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas, Julius M. Galdiano, Anna Shellah Mae C. Enbien, Herminio Jr. D.  Guzman, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Nikka Marie B. Sales, Engr. Noel C. Rosario, Jr., and Engr. Maria Teresa Llera.  The GeoRiskPH Team led by Ms. Mabelline T. Cahulogan and assisted by its members   John Harold B. Tabuzo, Hanz Cesar M. Alejandria, Princess Di E. Pascual, Conrado Alfonso M. Favis, and Ynna Patricia M. Aquino also joined the Module 3 training.


Figure 1. Speakers, Facilitators and Course Advisers for the REDAS Module 3 Online Training for the City of Makati


A total of 15 participants from the Makati City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (DRRMO).  Guest participants from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, Labrador, Pangasinan, Siay, Zamboanga Sibugay and  Pateros joined the training. REDAS version 2.9M and ETAM version 2.5.7 were provided to the participants.  Eighteen (18) REDAS licenses, eighteen (18) ETAM licenses, and eighteen (18) GeoMapperPH EDM accounts were issued.


Figure 2. Participants and Speakers of the REDAS Module 2 Online Training for the City of Makati


The three modular trainings, amidst some having technical issues due to the online setup, were executed successfully. For each module, the participants were required to submit assigned outputs such as ground shaking hazard map for Module 1, Digitizing Land Use using REDAS and QGIS was the seatwork assigned for Module 2, while participants were asked to submit surveyed building data for Module 3. As gleaned from the post-training evaluation, participants appreciated the learnings derived from the three modular trainings and were looking forward to undergoing further REDAS module trainings in 2021.


Figure 3. Land Use Map accomplished using REDAS done by a training participant
Figure 3. Land Use Map accomplished using REDAS done by a training participant