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PHIVOLCS conducted two batches of online training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software (Module 1)". The first batch was held from August 24 to 27, 2020, while the second batch was held from September 7-10, 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 Ma. Antonia V. Bornas, Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas, Ian P. Javier, Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Noel C. Rosario, Jr., Johnlery P. Deximo, Tom Carlo Simborio, Jay Flenson Gallardo, Maila P. Advincula and Karen M. Garcia.  Photo below shows the list of speakers, facilitators and course advisers for the training for the second batch.


Speakers, Facilitators and Course Advisers for the REDAS Module 1 Online Training for Office of Civil Defense Batch 2



For the first batch, there was a total of 14 participants: OCD-Central Office (8), OCD-Region IVA (2) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (4). This is also the first batch for our online training that we have participants from overseas (Tokyo, Japan).  For the second batch, there was a total of 16 participants: OCD-Central Office (5) OCD-Region V (3), OCD-Region VII (3), OCD-Region XII (2), Pangasinan PDRRMO (2) and Talaingod, Davao del Norte (1).  Both batches were provided with REDAS version 2.9M and ETAM version 2.5.7. A total of 29 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, August 23 for Batch 1 and September 6 for Batch 2.  The orientation covered the installation of the REDAS Software, SQLite, and Quantum GIS software and verification of the installed programs if they are working properly. 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 (SHA), Earthquake Hazards, and Volcanic Hazards. Familiarization with the Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Tool (ETAM) was also taught during the training. We also introduced the REDAS Software as a Tool for Risk Assessment and presented the Earthquake Impact Assessment Results for Laguna and Bohol using the ground shaking simulation of the Magnitude 7.2 West Valley Fault Earthquake and Magnitude 7.2 Bohol Earthquake respectively. 


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


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 from 1937 Mag 7.3 earthquake in Region IV-A CALABARZON done by one of the training participants.