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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.

 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

PHIVOLCS conducted a six-day training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Department of Energy (DOE) on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software" last September 1-7, 2019 held at Kasa Luntian, Tagaytay City. The training’s objective is to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, particularly the modules which are designed to be used for impact assessment and more importantly how the DOE can utilize the REDAS for its business continuity and be adapted for its facilities.



DOE participants during the hands-on training


There was a total of 46 participants during the training: six from the Energy Policy and Planning Bureau (EPPB), six from Energy Resource Development Bureau (ERDB), three from Resource Energy Management Bureau (REMB), three from Oil Industry Management Bureau (OIMB), three from Electric Power Industry Management Bureau (EPIMB), one from Energy Utilization and Management Bureau, three from Information Technology and Management Services, two from Energy Research Testing Laboratory Services, three from Financial Services, one from Legal Services, 2 from Luzon Field Office, two from Visayas Field Office, three from Mindanao Field Office, three from the Office of the Secretary and five from the National Electrification Administration (NEA). The participants were provided with the REDAS version 2.9j. A total of 44 REDAS software license keys was issued during the training.


The training was started with the installation of REDAS software and its modules.  These were followed by hands on activities on basic features of REDAS and lecture on basic map reading, Introduction to GPS and lectures on hazards (Earthquake, Volcano and Hydrometeorological Hazards).  The trainees were also taught the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System and Quantum GIS.  The module Seismic Hazard Assessment was also taught. The five REDAS impact calculation modules: ShaKE for earthquake, Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) for severe wind, Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLoAT) for flood, Crop Damage Assessment Tool (CropDAT) and Tsunami Simulation Tool (TsuSim) were also taught in the training. The SWIFT module was conducted in cooperation with Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Space Administration (PAGASA) while the FLoAT module is in cooperation with the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB). CropDAT was developed together with the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU).  Other modules such as the Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Tool (ETAM), ToSIR and MyTracks in android devices were also taught. Furthermore, the usage of Exposure Data Mapper (EDM) through GeoMapper was taught as a tool for developing exposure data.  A fieldwork was conducted at the Barangay Maharlika East and West to show and test applications of the EDM application. The participants surveyed a total of 119 buildings during the fieldwork using the EDM ArcGIS Collector.


The training was headed by Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Dave Andrei Rivera, Johnlery P. Deximo, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Leslie Ann Marie C. Cabotaje, John Deladia, Conrado Favis and Cheryl Calapardo. The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Vivian Aggasid and Bernard Punzalan II from PAGASA, and Patrick Joeffrey Gavino from MGB.

PHIVOLCS held a three-day training for the Cebu City Local Government unit on how to develop their exposure database using REDAS Exposure Database Mapper (EDM) tool.  The training and actual survey was conducted from August 14 – 16, 2019 at Capitol Site, Cebu City. The main goal of the training is to capacitate the local government unit in developing their own exposure database.  This is as part of the main strategies of the Exposure Data Development and Severe Wind Risk Assessment for Cebu City Project, a two-year DOST GIA project that aims to develop exposure database of Cebu City for severe wind risk assessment.  This project is in partnership with PAGASA and the UP Diliman- Institute of Civil Engineering (UPD-ICE)

Through the course of the training, the enumerators were familiarized with the REDAS Exposure Data Mapper (EDM) as a tool for collecting exposure data which will can be used for impact and risk assessment. A total of 34 participants graduated from the training. 

Two pilot barangays were chosen for the survey, namely Barangay Capitol Site and Barangay Camputhaw. Initially, the participants were given an orientation and introduction about the REDAS Software, Building Typology, the Installation and Usage of  REDAS EDM using Geomapper.  Before the surveys were done, the attributes in the original EDM tool in consultation with UPD ICE were upgraded to include questions related to severe wind hazard.  During the training, the participants were taught how to answer the questionnaire.  Two barangays were surveyed: Barangay Capitol Site and Barangay Camputhaw.  A total of 555 surveyed buildings was accomplished.  A demonstration study of severe wind impact computation using PSA data was shown by PHIVOLCS and the city was introduced how they can manage and store their data. The way forward was also discussed with each group (academe, PHIVOLCS and Cebu City LGU) taking particular responsibilities on which barangays to survey during the following months. 

The speakers and facilitators included are: Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Robinson Jorgio, Arianne Gail Rivera, Bhenz Rodriguez, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Rudgel F. Mirabite, Leslie Ann Marie Cabotaje, Princess Di Pascual, Ynna Patricia Aquino, Nikka Marie Sales and John Deladia. 



Photo of Group 1 Surveyors


Photo of Group 2 Surveyors


Photo of REDAS EDM for Cebu City Training Participants and Facilitators

Last April 23 to 25, 2019, PHIVOLCS conducted a three-day training entitled “Training on the use of REDAS Exposure Database Module (EDM) using Android Devices for Malungon, Sarangani" for the Municipality of Malungon, Sarangani province.  The training was held at Sarangani Highlands Garden and Restaurant, General Santos City. The training’s objective is to capacitate the Municipality of Malungon on how to use the REDAS Android for EDM that will allow them to create their own exposure database through actual building survey.  The resulting data can be used to calculate impacts due to earthquake ground shaking, severe wind and flood hazards using the REDAS software.

Group Photo of training participants and PHIVOLCS facilitators


There was a total of 30 participants during the training: 10 from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) and 1 from the Municipal Engineering Office (MEO) as well as 19 participants from the Malungon barangays of Gamay (5), J.P. Laurel (5), Talus (5) and Upper Biangan(4). A total of two REDAS software license keys were given for the data managers.  The participants were able to collect 388 building data from their own municipality that can already be used to build their exposure database.

Upon arrival at the venue on April 22, the REDAS EDM for android was installed in each of the devices of the participants, and individual pace factors and North direction of devices were determined.  The next day, lectures on How to Use EDM for Android and and Philippine Building Typology were discussed in order to prepare the participants for actual survey.  For Day 1, the survey area was in General Santos City.   It was also decided that the succeeding two-day survey will be done in the municipality of Malungon itself specifically in Barangay Banate in order to familiarize the participants on their own local building types using the survey tool and jumpstart the development of their exposure database.  Two night sessions were held to teach the data managers on preparing basemaps for EDM as well cleaning and managing the survey data.  PHIVOLCS also presented comparison of earthquake impact results from a Mag 7.0 earthquake generated by a fault nearest the municipality using census and survey data.  As way forward activities, the municipality plans to complete the building survey of Barangay Banate by May 2019, procure more devices and survey gears as well as consider safety issues.  The LGU also targeted four more barangays to be completely surveyed by July 2019: Barangays Gamay, JP Laurel, Talus and Upper Biangan.  The rest of the 26 Malungon barangays is planned to be surveyed in 2020.  Overall, the participants displayed great enthusiasm to understand the information being taught during the training and showed confidence and commitment to complete their targets through the leadership of the municipal officers.

Awarding of Plaque of Appreciation to PHIVOLCS as represented by Deputy Director Bartolome C.Bautista (middle)

by the Municipality of Malungon through its LDRRM Officer I Meralyn M. Fernando (right)


The training was headed by the Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista and assisted Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Angelito G. Lanuza, Nane M. Danlag, Johnlery P. Deximo, Ian P. Javier, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Marcos M. Viñas, Leslie Ann Marie C. Cabotaje, and Rudgel F. Mirabite.