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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" last October 22 - 27, 2018 for Iloilo City local government unit (LGU). The training was held at CSM Junction Hall, John B. Lacson Maritime University, Iloilo City. The goal of the training was to provide and familiarize the participants with the capability of the REDAS Software, including the modules which are helpful in calculating damage impact assessment.

Group photo of REDAS participants.

 

There was a total of 33 participants during the training: 13 from Iloilo City LGUs - CDRRMO (3), CSWDO (1), CPDO (2), CEO (2), ISO (2), GSO (2), BPLO (1); 15 from Iloilo SUCs – PHINMA - UI (2), CPU (3), ISAT U (4), JBLFMU (6); and 5 from Iloilo NGAs - DepEd (2), BFP (1), DPWH (1), OCD (1).  The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9f.  A total of 35 REDAS software license keys was issued during the said event.

The weeklong training started with 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.  The participants were also taught the Seismic Hazard Assessment module to simulate earthquake hazards.  For impact calculation, the earthquake impact calculation module ShaKE was taught using the Mag 8.1 Lady Caycay earthquake as scenario.  For severe wind, the Severe Wind Impact Forecasting Tool (SWIFT) was taught using a tropical cyclone Yolanda scenario.  For flood, the Flood Loss Assessment Tool (FLoAT) was taught using the MGB flood susceptibility maps.  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 fieldwork was conducted at the Barangay East Kamias of Iloilo City to show and test applications of the EDM application. The participants surveyed a total of 118 buildings during the field work using the Android REDAS EDM.

This training would surely help them in determining the possible impacts of various hazards in the city. The convenience of the EDM for Android Devices was also a big help for them to prepare and plan accordingly by developing their own building exposure database. Making these database will help ensure the safety of everyone in the city and can be used as reference for the future plans to be benefited by the next generation.

The training was headed by DOST Associate Scientist and REDAS Programme Coordinator Maria Leonila P. Bautista.  The speakers and facilitators included Angelito G. Lanuza, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Jayvie H. Nadua, Johnlery P. Deximo, John Ted S. Sison, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Ian P. Javier, and Rudgel F. Mirabite.  The PHIVOLCS Team was also joined by Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo and Bernard R. Punzalan II from PAGASA Central Office, and Sarah Joy C. Bonacua from MGB Region VI.