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Last April 1 - 6, 2019, 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 Sorsogon City. The training was held at Paradise Hotel and Resort in Brgy. Pangpang, Sorsogon 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.
There was a total of 40 participants during the training: 7 from Sorsogon City - CDRRMO; 3 from Sorsogon Provincial Offices: PDRRMO (1), PPDO (2); 8 from Sorsogon LGUs: Pilar (3), Donsol (2), Bulusan (2), Bulan (1); 8 LGUs from Camarines Sur: Baao (1), Bula (2), EDMERO (2), Sagnay (3); another 6 from guest LGUs: General Mariano Alvarez (4), Itogon, Benguet (2); and 8 from guest agencies: Philippine Army (2), Philippine Coast Guard (2), National Food Authority (1), Bureau of Fire Protection (2), and Philippine National Police. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9h. A total of 38 REDAS software license keys were issued during the said event.
 
Group Picture together with the REDAS Sorsogon City Participants
 
The first day of the training covered the introduction and installation of the REDAS Software, basic features of REDAS, and lecture on basic map reading. The succeeding days of the training covered lectures ranging from Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. The threeREDAS impact calculation modules: ShaKE for earthquake, Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) for severe wind and Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLoAT) for floods were also taught in the training. The SWIFT module was conducted in cooperation with Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Space Administration (PAGASA) while the FLoAT module is in cooperation with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). In addition, software such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Tool (ETAM) as well as the EDM, ToSIR and MyTracks in android devices were also taught during the training. Two new modules were introduced, namely Crop Damage Assessment Tool (CropDAT) and the Tsunami Hazards Simulation Module (TsuSim). A fieldwork was conducted at the Barangay Talisay of Sorsogon City to show and test applications of the EDM application. The participants surveyed a total of 96 buildings during the field work using the Android REDAS EDM.
The training was headed by the PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Rhommel N. Grutas, Winchelle Ian Sevilla, Leni Torrevillas, Paulo Sawi, Don Niko R. Godilano, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Ian P. Javier, Leslie Ann Marie C. Cabotaje, and Rudgel F. Mirabite. The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Robert Quinto from PAGASA, and Arlene Dayao and Pamela Joy Remon from MGB.