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PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software" for the City of Imus local government unit (LGU) from November 5 - 10, 2018. The training was held at Bali Village Hotel and Resort and Kubo Spa in Tagaytay City. 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 impact assessment.

REDAS for the City of Imus Closing Ceremony

 

There was a total of 23 participants during the training: 17 from the City of Imus LGUs - CDRRMO (10), CHO (1), CPDO (1), CEO (2), CITRMU (2), Budget Office (1); 1 Guest LGU from Tayabas City; and from DepEd (3), BFP (1), DILG (1).  The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9f.  A total of 20 REDAS software license keys was issued during the said event.

 

Enthusiasm and eagerness to learn during the training were shown by the participants. According to them, the tool will be able to help them determine the possible impacts from given disaster scenarios. The convenience of the EDM for Android Devices was also a big help for them to prepare and plan accordingly by developing their own building exposure database. This is important for them to come up with future plans and projects that will help ensure the safety of everyone.   

 

The speakers and facilitators included PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Winchelle Ian G. Sevilla, Dave Andrei Rivera, Anne Lorraine T. Delos Santos, Emmanuelle D. Mitiam, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Ian P. Javier, Marcos M. Viñas, and Rudgel F. Mirabite.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo and Bernard R. Punzalan II, both from PAGASA Central Office.