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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 September 3-8, 2018 for San Carlos City, Negros Occidental local government unit (LGU). The training was held at La Vista Highlands Mountain Resort, San Carlos 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.

REDAS Training Opening Ceremony attended by San Carlos Carlos City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor

and DOST Undersecretary for DRR-CC Renato U. Solidum, Jr.


Aside from 10 participants from San Carlos City, there was also an additional 46 guest participants namely: Bago City (1), Cadiz City (2), Candoni (2), Escalante City (1), Hinoba-an (2), Ilog (3), Kabankalan City (2), Moises Padilla (2), Murcia (3), Pontevedra (2), Sagay City (2), San Enrique (2), Silay City (2), Sipalay City (4) and Toboso (2) – all from Negros Occidental.  From Negros Oriental, participants were from Canlaon City (4), Guihulngan City (2), Mabinay (2) and Vallehermoso (2) as well as two participants from Abra de Ilog. Occidental Mindoro.  The participants were provided with REDAS version 2.9f.  A total of 51 REDAS software license keys was 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 fieldwork was conducted at the Barangay I of San Carlos City to show and test applications of the EDM application. The participants surveyed a total of 128 buildings during the field work.

The participants showed enthusiasm and eagerness to learn during the training. According to them, the tool will be able to help them determine the possible impacts from given earthquake scenarios. 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. This is important for them to come up with future plans and projects that will help ensure the safety of everyone.   

The training was headed by DOST Undersecretary for DRR-CC Renato Solidum, Maria Leonila P. Bautista and PHIVOLCS Deputy Director Bartolome C. Bautista.  The speakers and facilitators included Angelito G. Lanuza, Lawrence Aaron C. Bañes, Mari-Andylene Y. Quintia, Jun D. Bonita, John Ted S. Sison, Jan Lawrence A. Lontoc, Chayserie M. Canlas, Clint Drexel M. Ongue, Ian P. Javier, and Marcos M. Viñas.  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.