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The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) held a 3-day PHIVOLCS Talk Series on 24-26 November 2021 via Zoom and Facebook Live to celebrate the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). As part of the DOST thematic cluster “Kaayusan,” these webinars were aimed to cultivate volcano and earthquake hazards awareness and preparedness of the public.

 

 

On the first day of the PHIVOLCS Talk Series, Ms. Bornas, head of the Volcano Monitoring and Eruption Prediction Division (VMEPD), talked about the volcano monitoring of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes. In this presentation, she delved into the PHIVOLCS strategy map, national monitoring and warning program, volcano observatories and networks, and more. By the end of her open forum, she also encouraged more researchers to collaborate with DOST-PHIVOLCS. “What we can do is partner on the data,” she remarked.


The next day, Mr. Perez, one of the Institute’s fault mappers, held an engaging forum about the ‘Big Ones.’ Responding to the queries from the participants, he discussed the different practical methods on how the public can prepare for earthquakes.


On the final day of the PHIVOLCS Talk series, Mr. Alejandria showcased two PHIVOLCS-developed hazard and risk assessment tools: the HazardHunterPH and How Safe is My House?. He demonstrated the features and functions and how the public can access and use the information from these web and mobile apps.


A total of 1,719 participants (58% females, 42% males) registered. To view the recorded videos, visit facebook.com/PHIVOLCS.


Along with the PHIVOLCS Talk series, DOST-PHIVOLCS also launched the PHIVOLCS Virtual Tour as part of the celebration of the NSTW. The virtual tour is an online interactive tour of the PHIVOLCS Quezon City office, specifically the exhibit area where online users can explore the displays of Philippine volcanoes, earthquakes, and tsunami information. The virtual tour can be accessed at virtualtour.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph.