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Last November 24 to 27, 2020, PHIVOLCS conducted the Module 1 (Basic REDAS and Seismic Hazard Assessment Module) of the online REDAS training 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 Lanao del Norte.” The training module focused on the basic REDAS features and Seismic Assessment Hazard. The training was headed by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS officer-in-charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., REDAS Programme 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 training included the following DOST-PHIVOLCS speakers and facilitators: Johnlery P. Deximo, Tom Carlo E. Simborio, Svetlana T. Catoera, Engr. James Christian D. Gurat, Chrizenda Carl E. Del Rosario, Crystel Jade M. Legaspi, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Nikka Marie B. Sales, Engr. Noel C. Rosario, Jr., and Engr. Maria Teresa G. Llera. Resource speakers from DOST-PAGASA, Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo and Bernard C. Punzalan II, gave lectures on hydrometeorological hazards.
Figure 1. Speakers, Facilitators and Course Advisers for the REDAS Module 1 Online Training for the Province of Lanao del Norte
A pre-training orientation on November 24 was conducted to check whether REDAS and its modules such as Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module (ETAM) and Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM) were properly installed. The topics covered during the training were: Basic Features of REDAS, Map Reading, Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards, Philippines Seismicity and Earthquake Catalog, Hydrometeorological Hazards, Introduction and Usage of ETAM and SRM, and Digitizing and Annotating in REDAS. The Seismic Hazard Assessment was also given special attention with a hands-on lecture and required output submitted by the participants. An overview on impact assessment with a sample calculation of an Earthquake Impact Assessment using PSA data was presented to demonstrate the impact assessment capability of the REDAS software.
Figure 2. Ground Shaking Hazard Map accomplished by a training participant using the Seismic Hazard Assessment module of REDAS
A total of 20 participants, 13 male and 7 female, from the provincial office and municipalities of Lanao del Norte completed the training module: 10 from the Provincial Government of Lanao del Norte – Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (2), Provincial Planning and Development Office (2), Provincial Engineering Office (2), Provincial Agriculture Office (1), Provincial Assessors Office (1), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (1), and Provincial Information and Communications Technology Office (1); and one from each of the Municipal Local Government Units of Sultan Naga Dimaporo, Sapad, Magsaysay, Lala, Kapatagan, Salvador, Tangcal, Kolambungan, Tubod, and Bacolod. Participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9M, ETAM version 2.5.7 and SRM version 1.0.2. This is also the first batch of trainees to receive a hands-on demonstration on the usage of the SRM tool version of REDAS. A total of 20 each REDAS, ETAM, and SRM license keys were issued.
Figure 3. Participants and Speakers of the REDAS Module 1 Online Training for the Province of Lanao del Norte
The training concluded successfully with positive impressions from the participants. Participants identified how the various REDAS modules can be used in supporting the future plans and projects of the province of Lanao del Norte, in particular in the crafting the DRRM and Comprehensive Land Use Plans of their local government units. The province requested for succeeding online REDAS modules be scheduled for 2021.