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PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day REDAS 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 Province of Occidental Mindoro.  The training was conducted from January 28 to February 2, 2019 at Sikatuna Beach Hotel, San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capabilities of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for impact assessment. The new REDAS module on Tsunami Simulation Module (TsuSim) was included in the training curriculum for the first time.

REDAS for Occidental Mindoro Province Opening Ceremony attended by Occidental Mindoro Board Member and Chairman on the Committee on Disaster June Norella and PHIVOLCS Deputy Director and REDAS Software Developer Bartolome C. Bautista

 

There was a total of 40 participants during the training from the Provincial Level Offices- Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) (2), Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) (1), Provincial Planning And Development Office (PPDO) (1) and from the 11 Occidental Mindoro Municipalities of Lubang (1), Paluan (3), Abra de Ilog (4), Looc (3), Mamburao (4), Magsaysay (4), Santa Cruz (4), Rizal (4), San Jose (2), Calintaan (3) and Sablayan (3).

 

The speakers and facilitators were: PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Jun D. Bonita, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Herminio Jr D. Guzman, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Marcos M. Viñas, Ian P. Javier, Niño Jose V. Andal and Rudgel F. Mirabite.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo and Bernard R. Punzalan II from PAGASA.

 

The participants showed willingness to learn and strong enthusiasm during the training, During the workshop, the participants indicated their intention to use REDAS in their DRM activities as well as to conduct REDAS exposure database module (EDM) survey  using android devices for their respective LGUs.  The province, through the Provincial Disaster Risk reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) will oversee the scheduling and holding the province-wide trainings.