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Closing Ceremony of REDAS for the Province of Kalinga
Closing Ceremony of REDAS for the Province of Kalinga

 

Last March 18 - 23, 2019, 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 Kalinga. The training was held at M Hotel in Brgy. Appas, Tabuk City. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, especially the modules which are designed to be used for impact assessment.

 

There was a total of 56 participants during the training: 12 from Kalinga Provincial Offices - PDRRMO (4), OPAS (2), PAO (2), PPDO (4); 35 from Kalinga LGUs – Balbalan (5), Lubuagan (4), Pasil (2), Pinukpuk (5), Rizal (2), Tabuk City (7), Tanudan (5), Tinglayan (5); Kalinga State University (2); and seven from National Government Agencies in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR): DOST (2), NEDA (1), DILG (1), DENR (3). The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9g. A total of 57 REDAS software license keys were issued during the said event.

 
The first day of the training covered the introduction and installation of the REDAS Software, basic features of REDAS, and lecture on basic map reading. The succeeding days of the training covered lectures ranging from Earthquake and Volcanic Hazards, Building Risk Database, Earthquake Risk Assessment, the use of SQLite as a Relational and Spatial Database System, and Seismic Hazard Assessment. The three REDAS impact calculation modules: ShaKE for earthquake, Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) for severe wind and Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLoAT) for floods 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). In addition, software such as Exposure Database Module (EDM), SQLite and Quantum GIS, Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Tool (ETAM) as well as the EDM, ToSIR and MyTracks in android devices were also taught during the training. A new module was introduced, namely Crop Damage Assessment Tool (CropDAT). A fieldwork was conducted at the Barangay Appas of Tabuk City to show and test applications of the EDM application. The participants surveyed a total of 156 buildings during the field work using the Android REDAS EDM.
 
The training was headed by the Officer-in-Charge of SOEPD Ishmael C. Narag, Angelito G. Lanuza, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Herminio JR D. Guzman, Shally Marck C. Daguaio, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Marcos M. Viñas, Leslie Ann Marie C. Cabotaje, and Rudgel F. Mirabite. The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Vivian Gay Aggasid and Bernard R. Punzalan II from PAGASA, Raymond Mabasa from MGB, and Jyrus Jyle Cadiente from Nueva Vizcaya State University (NVSU).