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PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Department of Energy (DOE) on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software" last September 1-7, 2019 held at Kasa Luntian, Tagaytay City. The training’s objective is to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, particularly the modules which are designed to be used for impact assessment and more importantly how the DOE can utilize the REDAS for its business continuity and be adapted for its facilities.

 

 

DOE participants during the hands-on training

 

There was a total of 46 participants during the training: six from the Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB), six from Energy Resource Development Bureau (ERDB), three from Resource Energy Management Bureau (REMB), three from Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB), three from Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB), one from Energy Utilization and Management Bureau, three from Information Technology and Management Services, two from Energy Research Testing Laboratory Services, three from Financial Services, one from Legal Services, 2 from Luzon Field Office, two from Visayas Field Office, three from Mindanao Field Office, three from the Office of the Secretary and five from the National Electrification Administration (NEA). The participants were provided with the REDAS version 2.9j. A total of 44 REDAS software license keys was issued during the training.

 

The training was started with the installation of REDAS software and its modules.  These were followed by hands on activities on basic features of REDAS and lecture on basic map reading, Introduction to GPS and lectures on hazards (Earthquake, Volcano and Hydrometeorological Hazards).  The trainees were also taught the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System and Quantum GIS.  The module Seismic Hazard Assessment was also taught. The five REDAS impact calculation modules: ShaKE for earthquake, Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) for severe wind, Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLoAT) for flood, Crop Damage Assessment Tool (CropDAT) and Tsunami Simulation Tool (TsuSim) 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). CropDAT was developed together with the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).  Other modules such as the Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Tool (ETAM), ToSIR and MyTracks in android devices were also taught. Furthermore, the usage of Exposure Data Mapper (EDM) through GeoMapper was taught as a tool for developing exposure data.  A fieldwork was conducted at the Barangay Maharlika East and West to show and test applications of the EDM application. The participants surveyed a total of 119 buildings during the fieldwork using the EDM ArcGIS Collector.

 

The training was headed by Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Dave Andrei Rivera, Johnlery P. Deximo, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Leslie Ann Marie C. Cabotaje, John Deladia, Conrado Favis and Cheryl Calapardo. The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Vivian Aggasid and Bernard Punzalan II from PAGASA, and Patrick Joeffrey Gavino from MGB.