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PIA Press Release
2009/02/12

Phivolcs-DOST provides REDAS training, installation of software for free to LGUs

By Jonnie H. Buenaventura

Tacloban City (12 February) -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology under the Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST), is providing software package called REDAS, that can mitigate the effect of any eventualities that may hit in a particular area.

Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Associate Scientist of PHILVOCS-DOST central office, during the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) monthly meeting held at the Leyte Provincial Capitol, informed that Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) is a software used for rapid estimation of hazard and risk. It has also been developed for use of disaster managers who are making prompt decisions for quick deployment of rescue and relief operations.

Ms. Bautista added that REDAS can also serve as an effective tool for convincing decision makers and city planners of the need to prepare through serious land use regulation, strict enforcement of the building code and retrofitting of critical structures.

The Local Government Units (LGUs) should acquire this software for them to actually determine the extent of affected areas in terms of earthquake. Through the application of REDAS software, they can readily deploy and augment their emergency response team to the area which affected most.

It is worth noting that this software form part of a mechanism as an early warning system that will tell of an incoming risk that follows after earthquake, landslides and tsunamis.

According to Ms. Bautista, REDAS software has the capability of integrating identified active faults and ready Community Based Early Warning System (CBEWS) location plotted in an instant that a user can determine the earthquakes magnitude and extent of coverage even without the assistance of the agency concerned in detecting such eventualities.

Ms. Bautista told the body that REDAS software is a ready project conceptualized by PHILVOCS-DOST in 2002-2004 and funded by the DOST under its Grant Aid program. REDAS is being distributed to high risk provinces under the READY Project. Meanwhile, the READY Project is being funded by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid), and forms part of a United Nations assistance to the Philippine government that runs from 2006 to 2011.

The PHILVOCS-DOST has already introduced the said REDAS software in most part of the Philippine archipelago and feel it to be an important and useful device to prevent devastating effects of disasters.

Ms. Bautista further said that in order for the LGUs or other agencies to avail of the software, the PHILVOCS-DOST will conduct a training for free upon request by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC), Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council (PDCC) and other agencies concerned.

The LGU or agency concerned will provide Personal Computer (PC)/ Laptop where the REDAS software will be installed, preferably one PC/ Laptop per participants that qualifies a minimum system requirements, such as: at least Pentium IV, 1.6 Ghz, 512 RAM, 20GB hard disk, windows XP operating system; supports Global Positioning System (GPS) for risk element mapping (optional) and a memorandum of commitment initiated by the city, municipality or agency concerned.

The READY project will provide REDAS software inclusion data and built-in maps, training and post training support and future upgrading, to conform with the technological trends.

Interested parties may contact the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, PHIVOLCS Bldg. C.P Garcia Ave. University of the Philippines Campus, Diliman Quezon City. They may also call telephone numbers 426-1468 to 79, 926-2611, 929-9254 and look for Ma. Leonila P. Bautista and Joan Salcedo. They may also write through email address leyobautista@yahoo.com. (PIA-8) [top]

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