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DOST-PHIVOLCS with the City Government of Tarlac conducted a training on the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) Modules 1-3 (Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of REDAS Software).

The training was graced by the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) Head, Mr. Hensel Quilling. PHIVOLCS Director Teresito C. Bacolcol was also present to give his message and a lecture on earthquakes and earthquake hazards. The five-day training (May 20-24, 2024) was held at the Tarlac CDRRMO Conference Room. Training participants included personnel from City Government Offices (CDRRMO, City Agriculture Office, City Assessors Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Information Office, City Engineering Office, and City Social Welfare and Development Office), Office of Civil Defense Region 3, Tarlac State University - Pollution Control and Safety Unit, and guests from Provincial Government of Quirino. Prior to the face-to-face training, an online pre-training activity was conducted via Zoom last May 16 for the introductory lectures and REDAS tools installation.

 

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DOST-PHIVOLCS in partnership with the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte conducted the REDAS Module 4 Training last March 15 via Zoom platform and March 18-22, 2024 for the face-to-face training at the MCC Hotel Function Hall, Sagadan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. The training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of REDAS Software” was headed by PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol, Associate Scientist and REDAS Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, and REDAS Course Advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza. The lectures and hands-on exercises were discussed by speakers and facilitators from PHIVOLCS and a guest speaker from MGB.

The five-day training was preceded by a pre-training orientation conducted on March 15 to install the REDAS tools, namely, ETAM 2.7.4a, REDAS EDM 3.2, MapDig 0.0.3, and FLoAT 1.6. A total of 33 REDAS ETAM license keys was issued to the participants. The participants were from Lanao del Norte provincial and municipal government offices namely Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Provincial Agriculture Office, Provincial Assessors Office, Provincial Engineering Office, Environment and Natural Resources Office, Information and Communication Technology, Provincial Planning and Development Office and LGUs Bacolod, Baroy, Kapatagan, Kolambugan, Lala, Linamon, Magsaysay, Maigo, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Salvador, Sapad, Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Tubod.

A courtesy call with Governor Dimaporo headed by PHIVOLCS Director Teresito Bacolcol and Associate Scientist Maria Leonila P. Bautista and joined by REDAS Software Developer Bartolome C. Bautista and Lanao del Norte PDRRMO Abeliza C. Manazano    was conducted at the provincial capitol. 

 

Photo 1: Courtesy call of PHIVOLCS led by Director Teresito C. Bacolcol, REDAS Programme Coordinator Maria Leonila P. Bautista and REDAS Software Developer Bartolome C. Bautista at the Lanao del Norte Provincial Capitol to Lanao del Norte Governor Imelda Quibranza Dimaporo accompanied by Former Congressman Abdullah Dimakuta Dimaporo and Lanao del Norte PDRRMO Head Abeliza C. Manzano.

The first three days (March 18-20) of the face-to-face training were dedicated to REDAS Exposure Database Development using REDAS EDM 3.2 and REDAS MapDig 0.0.3. Participants were immersed in lectures and hands-on, as well as fieldwork at the nearby barangays on how to conduct foot surveys in populating their exposure databases. A total of 173 building structures were surveyed from 560 digitized building footprints were done during the training.

Photo 2: Fieldwork photo at the survey area (Brgy. Poblacion, Tubod)

 

The newly updated REDAS FLoAT was taught during the third day of the training. The participants were trained on how to use the tool to calculate the impact of flood in their municipalities. The exposure database used was the survey data collected by previous REDAS participants of Sultan Naga Dimaporo at their locality.

The fourth day (March 21) of the training focused on Earthquake Hazard Simulation and Impact Assessment where the participants had a firsthand experience in calculating the impacts of their Big Ones (using scenario depth at 5km): 1955 Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake along the Lanao Fault System and Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Scenario along the Western Mindanao Fault.

The concluding day (March 22) of the five-day training was spent on the consolidation of all learnings during the training. Output and way forward discussions were facilitated. The municipalities of Lanao del Norte committed to the continuation of exposure database development while the provincial government pledged to assist them in this endeavor. A total of 33 participants graduated from the training course and it ended with a message from the PDRRMO Head, Ms. Abeliza C. Manzano.

Photo 2: PDRRMO Head Abeliza C. Manzano giving her closing message. Photo 3: Group photo of participants and DOST-PHIVOLCS Facilitators during the last day of the training

DOST-PHIVOLCS in partnership with Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) conducted a REDAS Modules 1-3 training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Southern Leyte State University on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Exposure Database Development Through the Use of the REDAS Software”. It was held last January 31 - February 1 via Zoom platform and via face-to-face modality at the Student Center Building, SLSU Main Campus last February 5-10, 2024. The training was headed by PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol, REDAS Program Coordinator and Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, and REDAS Course Advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza.  The lectures and hands-on exercises were discussed by speakers and facilitators from PHIVOLCS and guest speakers from PAGASA and MGB.

Online pre-training and installation sessions were conducted on January 31 and February 1 to guide the participants in installing the REDAS software and other related tools such as ETAM, MapDig, New EDM and SRM. During these days, the participants were also given introductory lectures such as Introduction to REDAS, Basic Map Reading, Introduction to GPS and Introduction to the GeoRisk Philippines Initiative. A total of 90 REDAS 3.0, ETAM, SRM License keys and 45 GeoMapperPH account credentials were issued for the participants of the training.  The 45 participants of the training were as follows: 24 from the Academe of SLSU (2 from Bontoc Campus, 1 from Hinunangan Campus, 3 from Maasin City Campus, 3 from San Juan Campus, 3 from Tomas Oppus Campus and 12 from Main Campus), 20 from Southern Leyte LGUs (1 from Anahawan, 1 from Bontoc, 1 from Hinunangan, 2 from Hinundayan, 1 from Libagon, 2 from Liloan, 1 from Limasawa, 1 from Macrohon, 1 from Pintuyan, 1 from St. Bernard, 1 from San Francisco, 1 from San Juan, 1 from San Ricardo, 1 from Silago, 2 from Sogod and 2 from Tomas Oppus) and 1 from PHIVOLCS. The participants consist of DRRM Officers and Staffs, Engineers, Administrative Staff and members of the Academe.

 

The face-to-face training proper was conducted on February 5-10, 2024.  It started with the opening ceremony including the opening remarks of the Southern Leyte PDRRMO Department Head Danilo L. Atienza, University President Jude A. Duarte, Vice President for Academic Affairs Prose Ivy G. Yepes and PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol.

 

 

The first two days (February 5-6) of the face-to-face training focused on REDAS Module 3 which is the Exposure Database Development Module of REDAS. The participants were given lectures and hands-on on how to conduct their own exposure database using different methods. This includes fieldwork at the nearby barangay on how to conduct foot survey in populating their own exposure databases. A total of 91 building structures was surveyed and 403 digitized building footprints were done during the training. Lectures on database management and experiences of LGUs were also given to provide them ideas on how to build their own exposure database after the training.

 

 

The next three days (February 7-9) of the training were focused on the use of the REDAS software including its monitoring tools such as the earthquake and tsunami monitoring tool ETAM and satellite rainfall monitoring tool SRM. They were taught on how these tools can be installed and used in their own operating centers for monitoring. The basic features of the newly developed REDAS 3.0 were also taught using ETAM. Other ETAM features include Simulating Earthquake Intensities and Potential for Liquefaction, Earthquake-Induced Landslide, Tsunami Evaluation, Hazard data plotting and Seismic Hazard Assessment (SHA) were also taught to the participants. In their SHA exercise, they were required to produce a ground shaking hazard map of the December 1977 Magnitude 6.4 Southern Leyte Earthquake with scenario depth of 5km.

 

 

The last day (February 10) of the six-day training was dedicated to the culmination of all learnings during the training. Impact assessment computations of Big Ones for the province of Southern Leyte were presented to pique the interest of the participants to avail of the higher modules of REDAS. In the way forward discussion, the participants spoke about using REDAS in the planning process, emergency preparedness, disaster mitigation and how to incorporate them in their existing DRRM plans. The participants also gave positive impressions during the graduation ceremony. Based on the evaluation form responses, all of the participants are either satisfied or very satisfied with the training. The participants appreciated the hands-on activities and agreed that all the topics involving REDAS and its related tools are very useful. A total of 45 participants graduated from the training course and it ended with a message from the SLSU Research and Innovation Director Marie Khul C. Langub.

 

Opening ceremony of the REDAS Modules 4 Training for Lanao del Norte (Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of REDAS Software). Lanao del Norte Provincial Administrator Atty. Mark Christian A. Babor gave his opening remarks at the start of the training and PHIVOLCS Director Teresito C. Bacolcol gave his message. The five-day training (March 18-22, 2024) was held at the MCC Hotel Function Room, Sagadan, Tubod, Lanao del Norte. Participants of the training included personnel from different municipal LGUs of Lanao del Norte (Bacolod, Baroy, Kapatagan, Kolambugan, Linamon, Magsaysay, Maigo, Munai, Nunungan, Pantar, Salvador, Sapad, Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Tubod) and provincial government employees from different offices (PDRRMO, ICT, PEO, PPDO, ENRO, PASSO, PAO). Before this face-to-face training, an online pre-training activity was conducted via Zoom last March 15 to install the REDAS tools.

 

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DOST-PHIVOLCS in partnership with the City Government of Dagupan conducted the REDAS EDM Training for Dagupan City last February 20-22, 2024 held at the CSI Stadia, Brgy. Lucao, Dagupan City, Pangasinan. The training entitled “Exposure Database Development Training Using REDAS Exposure Database Modules (EDM) for Dagupan City, Pangasinan” was headed by the PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol, Associate Scientist and REDAS Program Coordinator Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista with support from REDAS Course Advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza. The lectures and hands-on exercises were discussed by speakers and facilitators from various divisions of the institute. This training was conducted as second part of the “Kaligtasan for All” initiative of Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez. The first part of this initiative was an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign on Disaster Preparedness, specifically Earthquake and Tsunami Hazards conducted last January 16, 2024.  Said event was attended by a total of 810 participants consisting of Barangay Captains and council, SK Federation, Association of Engineers and Architects, Utility Agencies-DECORP, PAMANA, Fil-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, DepEd-Public school principals, Association of Solo Parents (President and the 31 Solo parent leaders), Association of Senior Citizens (President and Leaders), 4P leaders for the 31 barangays, Religious Groups and Members of the Local Development Council.

 

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The three-day EDM training was graced by the Dagupan Vice Mayor Dean Bryan L. Kua and Director Teresito C. Bacolcol (via Zoom) on February 20. A total of 79 GeoMapperPH account credentials were issued to the participants. Nineteen (19) license keys of REDAS EDM 3.1 were given to select participants who will use the Hybrid method of exposure database development and will also serve as the database managers of their city. The participants are Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Officials and staff, City Engineers, Planners, Administrative Staff, Safety Officers, Barangay Officials and Staff, and Sangguniang Kabataan Officials of Dagupan City.

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The second day (February 21) of the training was spent on lectures and hands-on, as well as fieldwork on how to conduct foot surveys in populating the Dagupan City exposure database. A total of 57 building structures were surveyed and 172 digitized building footprints were done during the training.

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The last day (February 22) of the three-day training was dedicated to the Hybrid method of exposure database development using the REDAS EDM 3.1 software, an alternative way to developing exposure database for areas with poor internet connection, faster data collection and to address limited server issues. Way forward discussions were facilitated by Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista and Ms. Melykhen R. Bauzon, Public Alert and Response Monitoring Center (PARMC) head of Dagupan City. It was proposed that the City of Dagupan will be conducting two phases of building surveys in ten pilot barangays. The third phase will be conducted to survey the remaining 21 barangays. All the training participants will serve as the enumerators of the building surveys. PARMC and CDRRMO will be the database managers for the city of Dagupan, in which the tentative schedule of the database management session is set for May-June 2024.

 

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