PHIVOLCS trains Quezon municipalities on exposure data collection PDF Print
Wednesday, 11 November 2015 12:32

PHIVOLCS led in teaching the method of collecting exposure database using REDAS Exposure Datbase Module (EDM) using android devices. This activity is under the "Capacity Development for Managing Disaster Risks from Natural Hazards and Climate Change in the Philippines", also known as the "DRRM/CCA Policies and Standardization Project". Said project is being implemented by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with funding support from UNDP. The goal of the project is to enhance the ability of the national and local government units (LGUs) to reduce and manage risks to human development resulting from multiple hazards and climate change. To support the goal in harmonizing DRRM/CCA into policies, strategies and planning framework, this project aims to update, test and implement the finalized methodology for risk assessment and land use planning in managing disasters. Since a main component of risk assessment is the availability of exposure data that have the appropriate attributes to perform risk assessment. 

To achieve the goals, the project included a Capacity Training on Exposure Database collection for five LGUs in the pilot province of Quezon. Since PHIVOLCS has developed the methodology to collect exposure database using REDAS EDM module and perform risk assessment using the said software, a training entitled "Orientation on Exposure Database Development" was held last September 14 to 16, 2015 at the La Breza Hotel in Quezon City for five pilot Quezon LGUs to undergo this capacity enhancement. The activity was organized by the OCD Project Management Office, handled by Mr. Dunstan Egar (Project Coordinator) and Mr. Jesus Dominic Dizon (Project Trainer). The PHIVOLCS Team was led by Dr. Maria Leonila Bautista and Dr. Bartolome Bautista and supported by Ms. Abigail Polintan, Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera, Engr. Greggue Ann Lyza Castro, Mr. Ruffy Villanueva, Mr. John Ted Sison, Ms. Frances Marie Yanos, and Mr. Jayson Silang. Attendees of the training were the field enumerators and representatives from each of the pilot municipalities in Quezon namely Tiaong, Lucban, Gumaca, Unisan, and Polillo. The REDAS EDM tool, programmed by Dr. Bartolome Bautista, is built in android devices for fast and convenient collection of survey data on field.

Director Vicente Tomazar of OCD IV-A gave the welcome remarks during the first day while installation of the tool was done in the afternoon. Procedures on data collection were taught and processing were done on Day 2. The final day was allotted for way forward discussions and future activities. Pollilo and Unisan readily agreed to perform exposure data collection while the three other LGUs requested to be give additional time to consult with their local officials.

Photo 1. Welcome Remarks by Dir. Vicente Tomazar of OCD IV-A (left) and  Installation of EDM on Android Devices by Ms. Frances Yanos (right).

Photo 2. Exposure Database Fieldwork Using REDAS-EDM for Android Devices.

Photo 3. Way Forward Discussions with pilot Quezon province LGUs