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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 Province of Compostela Valley from September 23 – 28, 2019 at the Molave Hotel, Tagum City. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the features of the REDAS Software in order to demonstrate risk computation due to different hazards. With this knowledge, the training aims to help the local government unit in contingency planning, emergency preparedness and mainstreaming disaster risk reduction into land use planning with the use of REDAS in determining risk results.

A total of 30 participants from the provincial offices was trained.  The participants were from the following offices: three from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), one from Professional Employer Organization (PEO), one from the Provincial Assessor’s Office (PASSO), one from Provincial Agriculturist Office (PAGRO), and one from Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO).  There were also participants from the municipalities of Compostela Valley – one from Nabunturan, two from Maco, two from Pantukan, two from Mabini, two from Monkayo, three from Compostela, three from New Bataan, two from Marasugan, and one from Mawab.  There were also three guest participants from the municipality of Anini-y in Antique and lastly, two participants from the Department of Public Works and Highways of Compostela Valley.

The training covered the introduction and installation of the REDAS Software, basic features of REDAS, Earthquake, Hydrometeorological, and Volcanic Hazards, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite and QGIS, MyTracks in Android, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. Hands on Tutorial on the REDAS impact modules, namely the Earthquake Impact Assessment Module (SHAke), Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT), Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLOAT), Crop Damage Assessment System (CROPDAT) and Tsunami Simulation Module (TsuSim) were included in the training proper. The usage of GeoMapper tool and Exposure Data Mapper android tool for collecting exposure data were also taught. Thirty-two (32) REDAS licenses were issued for the participants.

As part of the whole curriculum of the training, the participants were required to survey an area to conduct a demonstration on the collection of exposure database. A total of 111 buildings were surveyed around the municipality of Mawab using the Exposure Data Mapper tool.

The speakers and facilitators included are Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Robinson Jorgio, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Leslie Ann Marie Cabotaje, Conrado Mikee Favis, Princess Di Pascual, Nikka Marie Sales and John Deladia.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo and Bernard R. Punzalan II from PAGASA and Jyreen Joy Peñalogo from MGB Region XI.

 

Facilitators and Participants of the REDAS Compostela Valley Training.  PHIVOLCS was led by Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista while Compostela Valley was led by PDRRMO Chief Joseph Randy Loy