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PHIVOLCS Conducts REDAS Training for Camarines Norte

The PHIVOLCS-REDAS Team conducted a six-day training entitled, “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning & Emergency Preparedness Through the Use of the REDAS Software for the Province of Camarines Norte” last 07 – 12 December 2015 at Eurotel Hotel, Naga City. The aim of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of REDAS software.

There was a total of 52 participants during the training, 43 of them came from all the local government units of  the province of Camarines Norte.  There were also nine guest participants from DOST-Region V, Baras in Catanduanes, and Sipalay City in Negros Occidental. The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.8X. A total of 43 license keys was issued during the said training.

The first day of the training covered the introduction of PHIVOLCS, speakers and facilitators, installation and orientation on the basic features of the REDAS software.  The following days of the training covered hazards lectures, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, Use of SQLite as Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. In addition, installation of the softwares Exposure Database Module (EDM), Sqlite and Quantum GIS, ETAM and the EDM and MyTracks in android devices were conducted during the training. Also, they were taught how to collect GPS tracks, and how to use the EDM in Android Devices for building survey. Different Earthquake Risk Assessment Methodologies and computations were also taught in the training as well as identifying building earthquake damage levels for earthquake risk assessment.  The highlight also was the provision of the Earthquake Intensity Reporting module of REDAS, which was introduced in a REDAS batch for the first time.

Speakers and facilitators during the training were Bartolome C. Bautista, Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Romulo A. Pasagui, Ramil Atando, Leni Torrevillas, Bhenz Rodriguez, Greggue Ann Lyza T. Castro, Dave Andrei V. Rivera, Ruffy R. Villanueva, John Ted S. Sison, and Frances Marie G. Yanos.