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PHIVOLCS conducted two sessions of online trainings entitled “Training on REDAS Exposure Database Module Using GeoMapperPH: Exposure Data Mapper for Catholic Relief Services (CRS)” for the CRS-supported LGUs of Manila, Caloocan, Pasig, Pateros (Metro Manila), San Jose del Monte (Bulacan) including partner from the University of the Philippines-Diliman Department of Geography last June 5 and July 10, 2020. The goal of the training was to reorient and familiarize the participants with the use of REDAS Exposure Data Mapper (EDM) GeoMapperPH as a tool for collecting exposure data which can be used for impact and risk assessment.

There was a total of 61 participants during the two trainings: Manila (7), Pasig (8), Pateros (7), Caloocan (4), San Jose del Monte, Bulacan (10) and from the Catholic Relief Services (11) and UP Department of Geography (14). 

The training entitled covered the orientation on the collection of Exposure Database Module (EDM) through the use of GeoMapperPH application as well as lectures on Building Typology and Attributes and Data Management of Survey Data.  In view of the Covid19 pandemic, the participants were taught How to Develop their LGU’s Exposure Database using Google Street View as an alternative to foot survey. Overall, the training was successfully completed with participants having providing more than satisfactory rating and positive response.

The training was headed by Associate Scientist Maria Leonila Bautista and GeoRiskPH Head Mabelline Cahulogan. Other speakers and facilitators included Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Rudgel F. Mirabite (from REDAS Team), Kiarra Angeli Hurtado, Conrado Alfonso M. Favis, Princess Pascual, Cheryl Calapardo, Ynna Patricia Aquino, John Harold Tabuzo, Hanz Alejandria, Emjei Bernardo and Janine Israel (from GeoRiskPH Team)

Photos below show the participants for the June 5 and July 10, 2020 online trainings.


Photos of the participants during the REDAS Exposure Database Mapper (EDM) using GeoMapperPH online training.

PHIVOLCS conducted two batches of  online training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software for Zamboanga Sibugay Province (Module 1)". The first batch was held from July 21-23, 2020, while the second batch was held the following week from July 28-30, 2020. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, specifically the contents of Module 1 which deal with basic REDAS features and Seismic Hazard Assessment (SHA).  The training was headed by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS officer-in-charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., REDAS Program coordinator and Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, and REDAS Course advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista and Ishmael C. Narag. The speakers and facilitators included Dr. Winchelle Ian G. Sevilla, Ian P. Javier, Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Noel C. Rosario, Jr., Maila P. Advincula, Antonella B. Rosana, and Erlinton Antonio B. Olavere.  Photo below shows the list of speakers, facilitators and course advisers for the training.


Speakers, Facilitators and Course Advisers for the REDAS Module 1 Online Training for Zamboanga Sibugay


For the first batch, there was a total of 16 participants: 3 from Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial LGU - PDRMMO (2), PPDO (1) as well as from 13 from municipalities of Ipil (2), Siay (3), Kabasalan (2), Naga (2), Roseller T. Lim (2) and Tungawan (2). For the second batch, there was a total of 22 participants: 2 from Zamboanga Sibugay PDRMMO and 20 from the municipalities of Alicia (2), Buug (3), Diplahan (2), Mabuhay (2), Malangas (2), Naga (1),  Olutanga (2), Payao (3), Talusan (2), and Titay (1).  Both batches were provided with REDAS version 2.9M and ETAM version 2.5.6. A total of 39 REDAS software license keys were issued for both batches during the said training.  


Participants and Speakers to the REDAS Module 1 Online Training for Zamboanga Sibugay Batch 2


A one-day pre-training orientation was conducted before the training proper, July 17 for Batch 1 and July 27 for Batch 2.  The orientation covered the installation of the REDAS Software, SQLite, and Quantum GIS software. The training house rules and guidelines were also discussed as well as answering the required online training forms. The training proper covered topics on the Introduction to REDAS Software, Basic Features of REDAS, Basic Map Reading, Digitizing and Annotating in REDAS, Earthquake Catalogue, Seismic Hazard Assessment, Earthquake Hazards, and Volcanic Hazards. Familiarization with the Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Tool (ETAM) was also taught during the training. 


In addition, a demonstration on how to convert shapefile to REDAS plot file as well as an overview of the GeoRiskPH Analytical Platforms such as HazardHunterPH and GeoAnalyticsPH were also presented as requested by the participants.  For GeoRiskPH lectures, these were provided by Harold Tabuzo and Hanz Alejandria.


The participants were required to submit their outputs during the Earthquake Catalogue and Seismic Hazard Assessment exercises. Outputs were presented and discussed during the last day of the training.   Figure 3 shows a sample hands-on exercise result for a ground shaking simulation of a local fault in Zamboanga Sibugay done by one of the training participants.


Sample Hands on Exercise using REDAS Seismic Hazard Assessment (SHA) module done by training participant  


The participants showed enthusiasm and were actively responding during the training. According to them, they gained new knowledge in hazard mapping and assessment using REDAS software and its mapping tools features, which they can use in their future plans and projects of their respective LGUs. Although their patience was tested due to inevitable issues on unstable internet connection, they were appreciative to be part of the first virtual REDAS training despite the limitations brought by the current pandemic.



PHIVOLCS conducted a five-day training entitled "Development of Community-Based Early Warning System for Tsunami Prone Areas of the Philippines". The said training was conducted by PHIVOLCS for the local government units facing the northern part of the Philippine Trench.  The training was held from November 18-22, 2019 at Microtel Technohub, Quezon City. The goal of the training was to capacitate the participating LGUs on understanding tsunami and its hazard, tsunami simulation and animation and development of community-based early warning system (CBEWS).  The participants are expected to lead in developing tsunami CBEWS upon their return to their community.  To do this, two specific REDAS modules were extensively taught: the Tsunami Simulation and Impact Module (TsuSIM) and latest Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Model (ETAM).  REDAS Tsusim is a module that can perform tsunami simulation and calculate impacts.  The REDAS ETAM, first to be introduced during the training, is capable of near realtime seismic monitoring of earthquakes using the Philippine network, USGS NEIC and RIMES.  The user can also use it develop evacuation plans, locate signage and directional signs. 

There was a total of 55 participants during the training: 47 from the LGUs of the participating provinces - Aurora (2), Quezon (6), Albay (2), Camarines Norte (2), Camarines Sur (2), Catanduanes (8), Sorsogon (7), Northern Samar (2), Eastern Samar (2); 7 from the  Office of Civil Defense - Central Office (3), Region III (1), Region IV-A (1), Region V (1), Region VIII (1); and 1 from Bulacan State University. A total of 53 License Keys were issued for REDAS/ETAM during the training.


Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, REDAS Programme Coordinator and Ms Ynna Patricia Aquino of the GeoriskPH Project facilitates during the REDAS training.


The training stated above covered the following: Lectures on Tsunami Hazard Mapping, Use of REDAS - Tsunami Simulation Module (TsuSim) for Tsunami Propagation Modelling, Inundation Mapping and Impact Estimation, Use of REDAS - Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module for Monitoring, Intensity Reporting and Evacuation Planning, GeoMapper Exposure Database Module Survey using StreetView, National Tsunami Risk Mitigation Program, Tsunami Monitoring in the Philippines, Tsunami Early Warning System (TeWS), and Community-Based Early Warning System among others. The participants were also tasked to create a Tsunami Evacuation Plan per province using the outputs from the modules introduced.


PHIVOLCS REDAS Trainers and Facilitators led by Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista (REDAS Software Developer) are joined by participants from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)


The speakers and facilitators from PHIVOLCS included are Bartolome Bautista, Maria Leonila Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, Ma. Mylene Villegas, Joan Salcedo, Angelito Lanuza, Rhommel Grutas, Fatima Moncada, Erlington Olavere, Robelyn Mangahas, Julius Galdiano, Johnlery Deximo, Bhenz Rodriguez, Lara Jennina Gianan, Arianne Gail Rivera, Jan Lawrence Lontoc, Clint Drexel Ongue, Ian Javier, Rudgel Mirabite, Leslie Ann Marie Cabotaje, John Deladia, Nikka Marie Sales, Jordana Marie Argamosa, Conrado Favis,Ynna Patricia Aquino, and Kiarra Angeli Hurtado.  The team was also joined by Joe-mar S. Perez from the Office of Civil Defense.

HIVOLCS conducted a two-day training entitled “Training on the Use of REDAS Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module (ETAM) for Region XI Local Government Units and Office of Civil Defense" last January 21-22, 2020.  The training was held at Apo View Hotel in Davao City. The goal of the training was to update Region XI LGU and OCD officials about the latest REDAS Modules.


REDAS ETAM Training facilitators headed by Dr. Maria Leonila Bautista and participants



There were 27 participants during the training: 3 from Davao Del Norte Provincial LGU; 5 from Davao Del Sur Provincial LGU; 3 from Davao Occidental PPDO Provincial LGU; 5 from Davao Oriental Provincial LGU; 5 from Davao De Oro Provincial LGU; and 6 from Davao City LGU. The participants were provided with REDAS 2.9j and ETAM 2.5.3 versions. A total of 26 REDAS and ETAM software license keys were issued during the said event.

The first day of the training covered the installation of the REDAS Software and ETAM. An overview of the HazardHunterPH App of the GeoRiskPH was also imparted to show the participants another tool to generate indicative hazard assessment reports on the user's specified location. The second day of the training covered lectures on the introduction and installation of the REDAS ETAM, new features such as Identification of Safe Evacuation Sites and Fastest Routes, Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards, and Tsunami Generation, Propagation, and Numerical Modelling.  Developing Exposure Database using REDAS EDM GeoMapper and StreetView was also introduced.


Participants experiencing hands-on exercise on ETAM 2.5.3


The participants, who mostly had experienced the old version of ETAM, were taught the new features which they found more user-friendly. One of the highlights of the latest version is the Google satellite base map which is very useful for them in identifying and delineating safe evacuation routes. In this new ETAM version, users can also report earthquake intensities and view PHIVOLCS Earthquake and Tsunami  Information conveniently. After the training, the participants signified their plans to update the existing ETAM version in their respective offices with the new version. They also looked forward to conduct REDAS training in their provinces.

The training was headed by DOST Associate Scientist and REDAS Programme Coordinator Maria Leonila P. Bautista and REDAS consultant Bartolome C. Bautista.  The PHIVOLCS speakers and facilitators included Robelyn Z. Mangahas, Ian P. Javier, Rudgel F. Mirabite, John Deladia, and Jordana Marie L. Argamosa.

 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