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PHIVOLCS is currently conducting a second batch of REDAS training for the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) after the successful first training batch held last April 2021.  The current training is a combination of online and face-to-face means of teaching, the first attempt by PHIVOLCS REDAS Team to venture into this new teaching setup. to The training is entitled “Capacity Enhancement of Light Rail Manila Corporation on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software – Modules 1 and 2 (Basic REDAS, Seismic Hazard Assessment and Developing Relational Database in REDAS)”.  The LRMC is the entity that operates and maintains the LRT Line 1 System, a public transport that services more than 450,000 passengers daily.  After the first REDAS training in 2021, the LRMC management decided to share their REDAS experience with their Multipartite monitoring Team (MMT) members and grantor representatives as “a proactive and holistic approach” in developing business continuity plans.  The LRMC wanted to harness the capability of REDAS on assessing possible earthquake impacts to areas around the rail. There are a total of 33 participants from LRMC, Metro Pacific T Corporation, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Metro Pacific Tollway Corporation, MPT South Management Corporation, NLEX Corporation and Awesome Ways International Services. Among the MMT member are LGU and institutional partners from the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection and the LGUs of Pasay City, Paranaque, Caloocan City and Capital City of Manila. 

On June 7, 2022, the opening ceremony was graced by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS OIC Renato U. Solidum Jr, LRMC CEO and President Juan Alfonso and Mr Peter Eric Pardo Chief representing the Honorable Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano. This combined Modules 1 and 2 tackle Basic REDAS, Seismic Hazard Assessment, REDAS Spatialite series and the REDAS Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module (ETAM) and Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM) monitoring modules. 

Speakers included REDAS Programme coordinator and Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Dr. Winchelle Ian G. Sevilla as well as REDAS staffs Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario, Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Torio and Engr. Jose Vincent Cruz.   From DOST-PAGASA, Engr. Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo will give a lecture on Understanding Weather Hazards while Bernard C. Punzalan II will introduce the REDAS Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM).  Engr. Angelito Lanuza will be moderating the workshop discussion while PHIVOLCS SOEPD OIC Ishmael C. Narag will be giving the closing remarks.
Some photos during the training a) Online Speakers and Facilitators led by Usec Renato U. Solidum, Jr, b) Onsite Opening Ceremony led by LRMC Juan F. Alfonso, c) Face-to-Face Hands on Training by Dr. Maria Leonila Bautista and d) Sample Screenshot of the REDAS Intensity Reporting using REDAS Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module (ETAM).

 

 

 

 

PHIVOLCS conducted an online training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the National Irrigation Administration on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Database Development through the Use of REDAS Software (Module 4 - REDAS Multi-Hazard Impact Assessment Module)”.  This was held from March 22 - 25, 2022.  The main goal of this module was to train NIA participants on the different REDAS impact assessment tools for the following hazards: earthquake ground shaking, severe wind, crop damage, flood and lahar.

There was a total of 28 participants consisting of geologists and engineers from the NIA PPD-ED, Operations Dept, DSD-ED, BBMPP, JRMP, UPRIIS, Field Offices of Region 4A, 7, 10, 11 and one guest participant from Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

The training was headed by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer-in-Charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., REDAS Program Coordinator, Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista and REDAS Course Advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza. The speakers and facilitators were Perla J. Delos Reyes, Engr. Rhommel Grutas, Dave Andrei Rivera, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Hannah Joy Torio and Jose Vincent Cruz.  The guest facilitators included Engr. Timothy John Acosta from UPD-ICE, Julius Vincent Umali from MGB and Juan Elmer Caringal, Meliton Pio F. Guzman, Loren Joy Estrebillo and Karlo J. Timbal, all from PAGASA.

 

On March 22, a pre-training orientation was conducted to guide the participants in the installation of the impact assessment tools that will be used throughout the training.  Afterwards, Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas discussed the UPD-ICE Building Typology in order for the participants to be familiarized on the different building types in the Philippines which is important for conducting impact assessment.  Engr. Timothy Acosta from UPD-ICE discussed the latest Severe Wind Vulnerability Curves to be used used in the Severe Wind Impact Assessment.

The impact assessment module started with the severe wind hazard.  Ms. Estrebillo of PAGASA talked about the Introduction to Severe Wind Hazard and Risk Assessment and Severe Wind Hazard Simulation for TC Nitang.  For computing the impacts, Mr. Guzman and Mr. Timbal, both of PAGASA, taught the use of the SWERVE using Qlik Sense Tool for computing impacts.  Afterwards, the REDAS CropDat (Crop Damage Assessment Tool) were taught to the participants using the exposure data of palay and corn in Tabuk City, Kalinga.  For the hazard scenario in CropDat, the severe wind hazard was generated using the REDAS SWIFT by simulating the STY Lawin track and the flood susceptibility map of the province based on the MGB data..

During the second day, the REDAS FLoAT (Flood Loss Assessment Tool) was discussed by Sir Julius Vincent Umali from MGB, using Laguna province as the study area while Sir Juan Elmer Caringal of PAGASA lectured on Community-based Flood Early Warning System afterwards.  During the afternoon, another tool was introduced which is the REDAS QLIST (Quick Lahar Impact Simulation Tool) with Albay as study area for hyper concentrated lahar flow scenario.  Preparatory lectures for REDAS SHAke (Seismic Hazard Impact Assessment Tool) were also discussed by Engr. Rhommel Grutas such as Earthquake Vulnerability Curves and How to Identify Building Earthquake Damage Levels for Risk Assessment.

For the third day, REDAS SHAke (Seismic Hazard Impact Assessment Tool) was discussed with Bulacan as sample area for a Mag 7.2 earthquake along the West Valley Fault as scenario earthquake.  The results of the impact assessment modules were numbers of population and buildings affected, injuries and fatalities and economic losses.  During the afternoon, workshop discussion was conducted with Engr. Angelito Lanuza of PHIVOLCS as the main facilitator.  The workshop details the additional functionalities the participants would like to add in REDAS to make it more useful to their respective offices.

The training session were successfully conducted with the participants engaged all throughout despite the virtual setup and the slow internet connectivity issue. Based on the evaluation form responses, the participants mentioned that the training was very informative and useful to their respective offices.

 

PHIVOLCS conducted the online training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Emergency Preparedness, and Contingency Planning through the Use of the REDAS Software” – Module 2 (Developing Relational Database in REDAS) for Misamis Occidental last January 24-27, 2022. The main objective of this module was to train the participants on how to develop their own database using SQLite and QGIS in REDAS.

A total of 32 participants joined the training: 29 from the Misamis Occidental Province and LGUs – Provincial Government of Misamis Occidental (8), Aloran (2), Baliangao (1), Bonifacio (1), Calamba (1), Clarin (1), Concepcion (2), Don Victoriano (2), Jimenez (1), Lopez Jaena (1), Oroquieta (2), Panaon (1), Plaridel (2), Sapang Dalaga (1), Sinacaban (1), Tangub (1), Tudela (1); and two guest participants from Mariano Marcos State University (2). One participant from SOEPD-PHIVOLCS (1) also took part in the said event.

A pre-training orientation on January 24 was conducted where verification of the REDAS, SQLite and Quantum GIS software were conducted to make sure these previously-installed software in Module 1 are still working properly.

During the training proper, the topics covered included “Familiarization on SQLite Module”, “Developing SQLite Database”, “Putting Spatial Component to SQLite”, “Plotting Data in REDAS from SQLite Tables (Basemaps and Admin Boundaries)”, “Plotting Multi-Hazard Maps”, “Advanced SQLite Scripting” and “Linking and Plotting of REDAS SQLite Database to QGIS and Google Earth”.

Other ilectures such as “Understanding Geologic Hazards (Rain-Induced Landslide and Flood)” by Julius Vincent Umali (from MGB) and “Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards” by Ma. Antonia V. Bornas (from VMEPD-PHIVOLCS) were also discussed.

To test understanding of the participants of the concepts and skills, they were required to submit their outputs through a REDAS Module 2 Seatwork which was focused on identifying open spaces or areas of temporary refuge in a given locality.  In this exercise, they were asked to identify these areas and develop relational database using REDAS.  The figures below show the outputs of the exercise:

 

Based on the evaluation form responses, most of them appreciated the lectures and hands-on activities. One of the responses  was: “I learned more about the geologic hazards that are present in our country. I also learned the other features/operability of REDAS-SQLITE. Although it is very challenging since 'twas my first time,  I gained a little knowledge on how to use the QGIS.”

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, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza.  The speakers and facilitators were Ma. Antonia V. Bornas, Florenette B. Garcia, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Joy D. Torio, and Engr. Jose Vincent E. Cruz. Mr. Julius Vincent P. Umali from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) was also invited as guest speaker for the training.

PHIVOLCS conducted the online training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the National Irrigation Administration on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software” – Module 2 (Developing Relational Database in REDAS) for the National Irrigation Administration last March 15-18, 2022. The main objective of this module was to train the participants on the use of SQLite as relational and spatial database system in REDAS.

All of the 31 participants from the REDAS Module 1 Training which was held two weeks prior to this event proceeded to the REDAS Module 2 Training. The photo below shows the participants and speakers during the training.

A one-day pre-training orientation was conducted on March 15 for the verification of the REDAS, SQLite and Quantum GIS to make sure that all software are still working properly.

During the training proper, a series of lectures and hands-on activities were discussed which include “Familiarization on SQLite Module”, “Developing SQLite Database”, “Putting Spatial Component to SQLite and Digitization”, “Plotting Data in REDAS from SQLite Tables (Base Maps and Administrative Boundaries)”, “Plotting Multi-Hazard Maps”, “Advanced SQLite Scripting” and “Linking and Plotting of REDAS SQLite Database to QGIS and Google Earth”.

Additional lectures “Understanding Geologic Hazards (Rain-Induced Landslide and Flood)” by Mr. Julius Vincent Umali (from MGB) and “Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards” by Ms. Ma. Antonia V. Bornas (from VMEPD-PHIVOLCS) were also discussed on the training to inform the participants about these natural threats.

The participants were required to develop a relational database using SQLITE and QGIS and pot these in REDAS.  The seatwork was for them to digitize farm lots and producing a crop yield map. Outputs were presented, discussed, and graded during the last day of the training. The photos below show sample outputs of the seatwork digitized in QGIS and plotted in REDAS by two of the participants that received the highest ratings.

 

 

Based on the evaluation form responses, most of the participants liked digitizing in QGIS and plotting different kinds of maps in REDAS. One of the responses to the question what they learned on the training was: “I picked up more concepts about volcanic hazards and historical events leading to the increased awareness of volcanic hazards. I also have a clearer understanding on the parameters used in coming up with the multi-hazard maps.”

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, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza.  The speakers and facilitators were Ma. Antonia V. Bornas, Florenette B. Garcia, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Joy D. Torio, and Engr. Jose Vincent E. Cruz. Mr. Julius Vincent P. Umali from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) was also invited as guest speaker for the training.

PHIVOLCS conducted the REDAS Module 1 (Basic REDAS and Seismic Hazard Assessment Module) online training for the Province of Bulacan last April 4-7, 2022. This is the second batch for the province since 2021 when the first batch consisting mostly f DRRMOs were the main participants.  This time, most of the participants were from the planning offices of the province. A hybrid training set-up was observed wherein some facilitators logged in from the PHIVOLCS office in Quezon City while the other facilitators were hosted by the province in an onsite venue with stable and strong internet connection. 

The REDAS training series entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of REDAS Software for the Province of Bulacan Batch 2” was headed by the DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer-in-Charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, and REDAS Course Advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza. The Module 1 training focused on the basic REDAS features and Seismic Hazard Assessment and was discussed by the following speakers and facilitators: Dr. Winchelle Ian G. Sevilla, Miguel Florido G. Abitang, Bhenz Rodriguez, Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, Engr. Noel C. Rosario, Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Joy D. Torio and Engr. Jose Vincent E. Cruz. Resource speakers from DOST-PAGASA Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo and Bernard R. Punzalan II, gave lectures on hydrometeorological hazards, and the REDAS Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM).  Facilitators from the Province of Bulacan were led by the PDRRMO Head Felicisima L. Mungcal and her staffs  Rita A. Libiran  and Ronnel L. Santos.  Bulacan PPDO Head Arlene G. Pascual gave the one of the Opening Remarks.  Photo 1 shows the training speakers and facilitators.

 

The three-day training was preceded by the pre-training orientation conducted on April 4 to install the REDAS software and other associated tools such as the Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Tool (ETAM), SRM, SQLite, and QGIS software. The following days were spent on discussing various lectures and hands-on exercises to understand and to familiarize the Basic features of REDAS, Map Reading, Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards, Philippine Seismicity and Earthquake Catalogue, Hydrometeorological Hazards, Introduction and Utilization of SRM, and Introduction and Utilization of ETAM. The participants were taught how to use the Seismic Hazard Assessment tool (SHA) of REDAS and were required to make an output on the ground shaking simulation a Mag 6.5 along the West Valley Fault. The participants produced PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) and peak ground acceleration (PGA) maps based on the assigned ground shaking parameters.  Figures 1and 2 show sample seatwork output of one of the participants.   An overview of the earthquake impact assessment of REDAS via the SHAke module was also presented to further display the capabilities and tools of the REDAS software. 

 

A total of 24 participants joined the REDAS Module 1 online training (Photo 2). The participants are from 19 LGUs of Bulacan (Angat, Balagtas, Baliuag, Bocaue, Bustos, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Guiguinto, Hagonoy, Malolos, Marilao, Meycauayan, Obando, Plaridel, Pulilan, San Ildefenso, San Jose Del Monte, San Miguel, San Rafael, and Santa Maria). Representatives from the Provincial Government of Bulacan also participated in the training. Two guest participants from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas also took part in the training. A total of 23 REDAS version 2.9M, 23 SRM version 1.0.8, and 23 ETAM version 2.5.9 license keys were issued to the participants. The training ended with positive impressions from the participants and way forward discussions on the usage of REDAS in contingency planning, emergency preparedness, and how to minimize the impact results calculated using the REDAS SHAke.