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PHIVOLCS conducted a REDAS training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, And Emergency Preparedness Through the Use of REDAS Software for the Province of Batangas – Modules 1-3.  The topics covered Basic REDAS and Seismic Hazard Assessment Module, Developing Relational Database in REDAS and REDAS Exposure Database Development.  It was held last February 27 - March 4, 2023 at the Batangas Provincial Capitol, Batangas City. 

The training was preceded by a pre-training and installation session through zoom platform last February 23-24, 2023.  This was conducted to guide the participants in the installation of REDAS, ETAM and SRM tools as well as to assist the participants in signing-in the GeoMapperPH web and mobile application.  A total of 43 REDAS, ETAM and SRM License Keys were issued for the training.  The breakdown of the 43 participants were as follows: 7 from PLGUs – PDRRMO (6), ProVet (1) 36 MLGUs – Alitagtag (1), Balayan (2), Balete (1), Batangas City (2), Bauan (2), Calaca (1), Calatagan (2), Cuenca (1), Ibaan (1), Laurel (1), Lemery (1), Lipa (1), Lobo (2), Mabini (1), Malvar (2), Mataasnakahoy (1), Padre Garcia (1), Rosario (1), San Jose (1), San Juan (2), San Luis (2), San Pascual (1), Sta Teresita (1), Talisay (1), Tanauan (1), Taysan (1), Tingloy (1) and Tuy (1).

The training proper commenced with the opening remarks of the PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol.  He discussed the importance of the REDAS Training in helping constituents of the different LGUs to be resilient to natural disasters.  Afterwards, the Batangas Governor Gov. Hermilando I. Mandanas and Batangas PDRRMO Head Mr. Joselito M. Castro gave their respective welcome messages, highlighting the importance of Disaster Risk Evaluation and Mitigation and daily punctuality in order to maximize the learnings of the six-day face-to-face training.

The first two days of the training focused on the Exposure Database Development Module (Module 3) of the training.  The lectures on Philippine Building Typology and Attributes in the REDAS EDM GeoMapperPH taught the participants how to be able to identify and answer the questionnaires in the tool.  Hands-on lectures were also discussed such as how to use the GeoMapperPH desktop and mobile application and Instant StreetView (ISV) in developing exposure databased. A building field survey was conducted within the Batangas Provincial Capitol wherein the participants were required to survey at least one structure using ArcGIS Field Maps of the GeoMapperPH.

For the following days, hands-on exercises on Basic REDAS Features and SQLite Parts I to V were taught to familiarize with the operation of REDAS software and SQLite Module.  The participants were also taught how to use the Seismicity Catalogue and Seismic Hazard Assessment as one of the capabilities of the REDAS software.  As part of their seatwork during the training, the participants were able to produce a digitized community center map in Batangas City and a simulated PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) map of the 1994 Magnitude 7.1 Aglubang Fault Earthquake.  REDAS alerting tools such as the Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module (ETAM) and Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM) were also discussed during the training.  This was the first batch wherein the updated version of ETAM 2.6.6 was taught to the participants. 

The training was headed by PHIVOLCS Director Dr. Teresito C. Bacolcol, REDAS Program Coordinator and Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, GeoRiskPH Project Leader Ms. Mabelline Cahulogan and REDAS Course Advisers Dr. Bartolome C. Bautista, Ishmael C. Narag, and Engr. Angelito G. Lanuza.  The speakers and facilitators were Ms. Ma. Antonia V. Bornas, Engr. Rhommel N. Grutas, Johnlery P. Deximo, Antonella Rosana, Deo Carlo Llamas, Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera, Lawrence Aaron Bañes, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Joy D. Torio, and Engr. Jose Vincent E. Cruz, Jan Van Oliver Samorano, Chrisitan Jan Alonzo, Marjoleen Belviz and Nicole Jean L. Mercado.  The guest facilitators included Julius Vincent Umali from DENR-MGB, Bernard Punzalan II and Sharon Juliet Arruejo from PAGASA.  Atty. Kimberly Dyane Garcia-Abaya, Tonnie Ross M. Untalan, Gizelle Sardea and Richia Mae Peralta served as the coordinators from the Batangas PDRRMO.

The training was successfully conducted as the participants mentioned in the evaluation form that the training is very useful in DRRM and is an additional knowledge to them.  During the impressions, a participant from Batangas PDRRMO mentioned “Lubos po kaming nagpapasalamat sa oportunidad na ito para sa pagsasanay na ito.  Ang aming mga natutunan ay hindi lamang mababahagi kundi lubhang mapapakinabangan ng lahat”.

PHIVOLCS conducted a REDAS training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning, And Emergency Preparedness Through the Use of REDAS Software for The Province of Nueva Vizcaya – Modules 1-3: Basic REDAS and Seismic Hazard Assessment Module, Developing Relational Database in REDAS and REDAS Exposure Database Development” last July 28-29 and August 1-6, 2022.  The training adopted a hybrid mode as some facilitators and participants were hosted at the Provincial Capitol in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya while some joined online through the Zoom platform.  The first REDAS training for Nueva Vizcaya was last 2016.

A total of 41 participants joined the training: 9 from PLGUs – PDRRMO (2), PPDO (3), PENARO (2), PAO (1), PEO (1), 22 MLGUs – Alfonso Castaneda (2), Ambaguio (2), Aritao (2), Bagabag (2), Bambang (1), Bayombong (1), Diadi (2), Dupax del Norte (2), Dupax del Sur (2), Kasibu (2), Kayapa (2), Quezon (2), Santa Fe (1), Solano (2), Villaverde (1) and 6 SUCs – SMU-Bayombong (1) and PUP-Manila students (5).

The training was headed by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer-in-Charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Deputy Director Teresito C. Bacolcol, REDAS Programme 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 Engr. Dave Andrei Rivera, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Joy D. Torio, and Engr. Jose Vincent E. Cruz, Conrado Alfonso M. Favis, Marjoleen M. Belviz, Jan Van Oliver Q. Samorano.  The guest facilitators included Ross Dominic D. Agot from DENR-MGB, Bernard Punzalan II and Vivian Gay Aggasid from PAGASA. Mr. Raffy Ian P. Pagala served as the coordinator from the Nueva Vizcaya PLGU (Photo 1).

 

Two days of installation and pre-training sessions were conducted on July 28-29, 2022 to guide the participants in the installation of the REDAS Tools and signing-in to the GeoMapperPH desktop and mobile application through the Zoom platform. Introductory lectures were also discussed to the participants such as Introduction to REDAS, Basic Map Reading, Earthquake and Earthquake Hazards and Understanding Floods and Landslides om the same days. A total of 41 REDAS, 36 ETAM and 36 SRM License Keys were issued for the training.

The training proper started with the Opening Remarks of the DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer-in-Charge Renato U. Solidum Jr. (Photo 2) followed by the Welcome Remarks of the Provincial Governor Hon. Carlos M. Padilla (Photo 3).

 

For the first two days of the training proper, topics included Attributes in the REDAS EDM GeoMapperPH, How to Use GeoMapperPH desktop and mobile application, How to Develop Exposure Database using Google StreetView (GSV) and Database Management. A building survey fieldwork was conducted on the second day to familiarize the participants with the use of ArcGIS Collector in developing the exposure database of their respective LGUs. In this exercise, the participants were required to survey at least one structure within the vicinity of the venue which is the Provincial Capitol.  Earlier they were also required to building survey using GSV in their own municipality layer.  A total of 353 buildings was digitized and 112 buildings were completely surveyed in the 15 municipalities of the province using a combination of foot and GSV surveys.

The next days were spent on the topics such as Basic REDAS Features, Philippine Seismicity and Earthquake Catalogue, Seismic Hazard Assessment, ETAM and SRM Familiarization and Familiarization with SQLite Parts 1-6. The participants were required to submit two outputs to test their understanding on the topics of Seismic Hazard Assessment and SQLite Part 3B (Digitizing in QGIS and Plotting in REDAS).  They produced a simulated PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) map of the 1881 Magnitude 6.1 Earthquake for the first exercise (Figure 1) and a digitized land use map of the assigned area for the second exercise (Figure 2).

 

The training was successfully conducted with the participants engaged all throughout, despite the hybrid setup of participants and the facilitators. Based on the evaluation form responses, most of the participants liked the hands-on exercises such as digitization and plotting of hazard maps in REDAS. For the overall assessment of the training, all the participants gave a maximum rating “very satisfied”.

 

PHIVOLCS conducted an online training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the National Irrigation Administration on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Database Development through the Use of REDAS Software (Module 4 - REDAS Multi-Hazard Impact Assessment Module)”.  This was held from March 22 - 25, 2022.  The main goal of this module was to train NIA participants on the different REDAS impact assessment tools for the following hazards: earthquake ground shaking, severe wind, crop damage, flood and lahar.

There was a total of 28 participants consisting of geologists and engineers from the NIA PPD-ED, Operations Dept, DSD-ED, BBMPP, JRMP, UPRIIS, Field Offices of Region 4A, 7, 10, 11 and one guest participant from Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.

The training was headed by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS Officer-in-Charge Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., REDAS Program Coordinator, 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 Perla J. Delos Reyes, Engr. Rhommel Grutas, Dave Andrei Rivera, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Hannah Joy Torio and Jose Vincent Cruz.  The guest facilitators included Engr. Timothy John Acosta from UPD-ICE, Julius Vincent Umali from MGB and Juan Elmer Caringal, Meliton Pio F. Guzman, Loren Joy Estrebillo and Karlo J. Timbal, all from PAGASA.

 

On March 22, a pre-training orientation was conducted to guide the participants in the installation of the impact assessment tools that will be used throughout the training.  Afterwards, Dr. Rhommel N. Grutas discussed the UPD-ICE Building Typology in order for the participants to be familiarized on the different building types in the Philippines which is important for conducting impact assessment.  Engr. Timothy Acosta from UPD-ICE discussed the latest Severe Wind Vulnerability Curves to be used used in the Severe Wind Impact Assessment.

The impact assessment module started with the severe wind hazard.  Ms. Estrebillo of PAGASA talked about the Introduction to Severe Wind Hazard and Risk Assessment and Severe Wind Hazard Simulation for TC Nitang.  For computing the impacts, Mr. Guzman and Mr. Timbal, both of PAGASA, taught the use of the SWERVE using Qlik Sense Tool for computing impacts.  Afterwards, the REDAS CropDat (Crop Damage Assessment Tool) were taught to the participants using the exposure data of palay and corn in Tabuk City, Kalinga.  For the hazard scenario in CropDat, the severe wind hazard was generated using the REDAS SWIFT by simulating the STY Lawin track and the flood susceptibility map of the province based on the MGB data..

During the second day, the REDAS FLoAT (Flood Loss Assessment Tool) was discussed by Sir Julius Vincent Umali from MGB, using Laguna province as the study area while Sir Juan Elmer Caringal of PAGASA lectured on Community-based Flood Early Warning System afterwards.  During the afternoon, another tool was introduced which is the REDAS QLIST (Quick Lahar Impact Simulation Tool) with Albay as study area for hyper concentrated lahar flow scenario.  Preparatory lectures for REDAS SHAke (Seismic Hazard Impact Assessment Tool) were also discussed by Engr. Rhommel Grutas such as Earthquake Vulnerability Curves and How to Identify Building Earthquake Damage Levels for Risk Assessment.

For the third day, REDAS SHAke (Seismic Hazard Impact Assessment Tool) was discussed with Bulacan as sample area for a Mag 7.2 earthquake along the West Valley Fault as scenario earthquake.  The results of the impact assessment modules were numbers of population and buildings affected, injuries and fatalities and economic losses.  During the afternoon, workshop discussion was conducted with Engr. Angelito Lanuza of PHIVOLCS as the main facilitator.  The workshop details the additional functionalities the participants would like to add in REDAS to make it more useful to their respective offices.

The training session were successfully conducted with the participants engaged all throughout despite the virtual setup and the slow internet connectivity issue. Based on the evaluation form responses, the participants mentioned that the training was very informative and useful to their respective offices.

 

PHIVOLCS is currently conducting a second batch of REDAS training for the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) after the successful first training batch held last April 2021.  The current training is a combination of online and face-to-face means of teaching, the first attempt by PHIVOLCS REDAS Team to venture into this new teaching setup. to The training is entitled “Capacity Enhancement of Light Rail Manila Corporation on Hazard, Risk Assessment and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software – Modules 1 and 2 (Basic REDAS, Seismic Hazard Assessment and Developing Relational Database in REDAS)”.  The LRMC is the entity that operates and maintains the LRT Line 1 System, a public transport that services more than 450,000 passengers daily.  After the first REDAS training in 2021, the LRMC management decided to share their REDAS experience with their Multipartite monitoring Team (MMT) members and grantor representatives as “a proactive and holistic approach” in developing business continuity plans.  The LRMC wanted to harness the capability of REDAS on assessing possible earthquake impacts to areas around the rail. There are a total of 33 participants from LRMC, Metro Pacific T Corporation, Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Metro Pacific Tollway Corporation, MPT South Management Corporation, NLEX Corporation and Awesome Ways International Services. Among the MMT member are LGU and institutional partners from the Philippine National Police and Bureau of Fire Protection and the LGUs of Pasay City, Paranaque, Caloocan City and Capital City of Manila. 

On June 7, 2022, the opening ceremony was graced by DOST Undersecretary and PHIVOLCS OIC Renato U. Solidum Jr, LRMC CEO and President Juan Alfonso and Mr Peter Eric Pardo Chief representing the Honorable Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano. This combined Modules 1 and 2 tackle Basic REDAS, Seismic Hazard Assessment, REDAS Spatialite series and the REDAS Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module (ETAM) and Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM) monitoring modules. 

Speakers included REDAS Programme coordinator and Associate Scientist Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Dr. Winchelle Ian G. Sevilla as well as REDAS staffs Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario, Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Torio and Engr. Jose Vincent Cruz.   From DOST-PAGASA, Engr. Sharon Juliet M. Arruejo will give a lecture on Understanding Weather Hazards while Bernard C. Punzalan II will introduce the REDAS Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM).  Engr. Angelito Lanuza will be moderating the workshop discussion while PHIVOLCS SOEPD OIC Ishmael C. Narag will be giving the closing remarks.
Some photos during the training a) Online Speakers and Facilitators led by Usec Renato U. Solidum, Jr, b) Onsite Opening Ceremony led by LRMC Juan F. Alfonso, c) Face-to-Face Hands on Training by Dr. Maria Leonila Bautista and d) Sample Screenshot of the REDAS Intensity Reporting using REDAS Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module (ETAM).

 

 

 

 

PHIVOLCS conducted the online training entitled “Capacity Enhancement of the National Irrigation Administration on Hazard, Impact Assessment and Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software” – Module 2 (Developing Relational Database in REDAS) for the National Irrigation Administration last March 15-18, 2022. The main objective of this module was to train the participants on the use of SQLite as relational and spatial database system in REDAS.

All of the 31 participants from the REDAS Module 1 Training which was held two weeks prior to this event proceeded to the REDAS Module 2 Training. The photo below shows the participants and speakers during the training.

A one-day pre-training orientation was conducted on March 15 for the verification of the REDAS, SQLite and Quantum GIS to make sure that all software are still working properly.

During the training proper, a series of lectures and hands-on activities were discussed which include “Familiarization on SQLite Module”, “Developing SQLite Database”, “Putting Spatial Component to SQLite and Digitization”, “Plotting Data in REDAS from SQLite Tables (Base Maps and Administrative Boundaries)”, “Plotting Multi-Hazard Maps”, “Advanced SQLite Scripting” and “Linking and Plotting of REDAS SQLite Database to QGIS and Google Earth”.

Additional lectures “Understanding Geologic Hazards (Rain-Induced Landslide and Flood)” by Mr. Julius Vincent Umali (from MGB) and “Volcanoes and Volcanic Hazards” by Ms. Ma. Antonia V. Bornas (from VMEPD-PHIVOLCS) were also discussed on the training to inform the participants about these natural threats.

The participants were required to develop a relational database using SQLITE and QGIS and pot these in REDAS.  The seatwork was for them to digitize farm lots and producing a crop yield map. Outputs were presented, discussed, and graded during the last day of the training. The photos below show sample outputs of the seatwork digitized in QGIS and plotted in REDAS by two of the participants that received the highest ratings.

 

 

Based on the evaluation form responses, most of the participants liked digitizing in QGIS and plotting different kinds of maps in REDAS. One of the responses to the question what they learned on the training was: “I picked up more concepts about volcanic hazards and historical events leading to the increased awareness of volcanic hazards. I also have a clearer understanding on the parameters used in coming up with the multi-hazard maps.”

The training 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 Ma. Antonia V. Bornas, Florenette B. Garcia, Ian P. Javier, John Deladia, For. Jordana Marie L. Argamosa, Engr. Noel C. Rosario Jr., Sarena P. Tarongoy, Engr. Hannah Joy D. Torio, and Engr. Jose Vincent E. Cruz. Mr. Julius Vincent P. Umali from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) was also invited as guest speaker for the training.