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PHIVOLCS conducted the online training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Emergency Preparedness, and Contingency Planning through the Use of the REDAS Software – Module 2 (Developing Relational Database in REDAS) for Salug Valley Local Government Units” last September 21-24, 2021. The main goal of this module was to train the participants how to develop their own database using SQLite as relational and spatial database system in REDAS.

The training consisted of 40 participants: 24 participants from Salug Valley (MDRRMO, PDRRMO, MEO, MPDC, Mayor’s Office), five from the Province of Misamis Occidental (MDRRMO, PDRRMO, PPDO), seven from the Center for Disaster Preparedness Foundation (CDP), two MERALCO, and two participants for SOEPD - PHIVOLCS.  Photos 1 and 2 show the speakers, facilitators, guest speakers and course advisers for the training.

Photos 1 and 2. Speakers, facilitators, and course advisers for REDAS Module 2 (Developing Relational Database in REDAS) Online Training for Salug Valley Local Government Units


A pre-training orientation on September 21 was conducted where verification of the REDAS, SQLite and Quantum GIS software were conducted in order to prepare the participants for the training proper and to make sure that all software are still working properly. Additional lectures such as “Understanding Geologic Hazards (Rain-Induced Landslide and Flood)” by Julius Vincent Umali and Liza Manzano (from MGB) and “Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards” by Ma. Antonia Bornas (from VMEPD-PHIVOLCS) were also discussed on this day.

During the training proper starting September 22, the topics discussed included “Familiarization on SQLite Module”, “Developing SQLite Database”, “Putting Spatial Component to SQLite”, “Plotting Data in REDAS from SQLite Tables (Basemaps and Admin Boundaries)”, “Plotting Multi-Hazard Maps”, and “Advanced SQLite Scripting”.

The participants were required to submit their outputs during the exercise on Digitizing Land Use in QGIS and plotting them in REDAS.  Outputs were presented and discussed during the last day of the training. Based on the evaluation form responses, most of them liked the hands on activities; one of the comments was: “I liked learning the different types of hazards and how to detect them in my area using REDAS and QGIS tools.

The training team was headed by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer-in-Charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., REDAS Program Coordinator and Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, and REDAS Course Advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza.  The speakers and facilitators were Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Kim Kenneth S. Alinsod and Timothy John R. La’o. Guests from Salug Valley, Rocelo DR. Navarro of MLGU Molave, and CDP members Maria Fellizar-Cagay and Alfred Mark Rosete also served as guest facilitators. Guests from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Liza Socorro J. Manzano and Julius Vincent P. Umali, served as resource speakers during the training.

Figure 5. Participants and speakers during the REDAS Module 2 (Developing Relational Database in REDAS) Online Training for Salug Valley Local Government Units