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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" last August 6 -11, 2018 for the province of Sarangani. The training was held at Sarangani Highlands, General Santos 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. Speakers and facilitators during the training were Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Winchelle Ian G. Sevilla, Angelito G. Lanuza, Dave Andrei Rivera, Jerome E. De Lima, Karen M. Garcia, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, John Ted S. Sison, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Chayserie M. Canlas, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, and Ian P. Javier.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo and Bernard R. Punzalan II from PAGASA, and Ariel Austin A. Acosta from Mines and Geosciences Bureau.

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There was a total of 38 participants during the training: 7 from the Sarangani PLGUs - PDRRMO (2), PPDO (2), ICT (2), OPAG (1), PENRO (1); 21 from the municipalities of Sarangani - Kiamba (5), Malungon (5), Maitum (3), Malapatan (3), Glan (3), Maasin (1), and Alabel (1); 6 from the NGAs - DPWH (1), DILG (1), DepED (1), NEDA (1), BFP (1), and SPPO (1); and 4 guest participants - General Santos CEO (2), MSU - GenSan (1), and Philippine Red Cross GenSar (1). The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9e.  A total of 34 REDAS software license keys was issued during the said event. The participants also surveyed 127 buildings during the field work using the Android EDM.