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Manila, Philippines, 18 May 2015


The Valley Fault System (VFS) Atlas, a handbook of large scale maps showing in detail areas traversed by the Valley Fault System, was launched and distributed to local government officials at  9am on May 18, 2015 at the 2/F Auditorium, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Building,  C.P. Garcia Avenue, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.

In 2012, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) revisited the VFS as one of the component activities of the Australian Aid (AusAid) Program-funded GMMA Ready Project under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and implemented by member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). The mapping efforts discovered new fault traces and validated previously mapped traces of the VFS.

The VFS is an active fault system in the Greater Metro Manila Area (GMMA) composed of two fault segments: the 10 km long East Valley Fault (EVF) in Rizal and the 100 km long West Valley Fault (WVF) runs through different cities and towns of Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite and Laguna. The West Valley Fault can generate a large earthquake with M 7.2 which poses threat to peoples lives, buildings and infrastructures, and livelihood.

Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director of DOST-PHIVOLCS, says that “Key to people’s awareness and preparedness for earthquakes, appropriate land use, contingency planning for disaster response, and design of houses, buildings and infrastructures, is the location of active faults. The Valley Fault System Atlas was conceptualized as a handy reference for everyone to serve as a guide in making sure that areas traversed by active faults are avoided as sites of houses and structures and considered in various mitigation and response actions to enhance the safety and resilience of communities to strong earthquake events.”

The importance of the VFS Atlas to local governments is stressed by NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Alexander P. Pama. He states that “Through the publication of this Atlas, we have taken a leap forward to reducing risk from earthquake. This tool will help us in our national DRRM effort to build safer, disaster-resilient and climate-change adaptive communities throughout the country.”

“UNDP advocates an integrated and systematic risk management approach to prevent or lessen the impacts of disasters. Nobody can accurately predict exactly when or where an earthquake will occur- the best we can do is to be informed where the risks and vulnerabilities potentially are and prepare and plan ahead for these. VFS Atlas is a critical tool to support development planning and programming. If development is not risk informed, it is not sustainable,” say UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra.

The launching was graced by local chief executives and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna and project partners from Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), National Mapping and Resource Information Authority (NAMRIA), Climate Change Commission, Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB), National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).


Contact:For information about the event, please contact:

Ester Garrido/Princess Decierdo- 927 45 24 

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) - Department of Science and Technology (DOST)

For clarification about the VFS Atlas, queries can be directed to Renato U. Solidum, Jr., Director-PHIVOLCS -  926 26 11

PISAY, now duty-bearers for disaster risk reduction PDF Print
Friday, 08 May 2015 05:54
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Being identified as important ground for disaster risk reduction education, Philippine Science High School campuses in the country sent their faculty and staff to a comprehensive training-workshop facilitated by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).The three-day "Training on Disaster Risk Reduction: The Role of Philippine Science High School (PSHS or Pisay) System" held on April 28-30 at PHIVOLCS auditorium, was intended for PISAY being an institution under the umbrella of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Upon the enactment of RA10121 or the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, DOST became Vice Chair for Prevention and Mitigation of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), and furthered its involvement not only in the national but also in regional, provincial and local levels.

With the restructured NDRRMC, DOST Regional Offices are expected to be well-capacitated as duty-bearers and members of the local DRRM Councils.PHIVOLCS personnel, headed by Dr Renato U Solidum, Jr, and experts from PAGASA, NAMRIA, OCD and MGB served as speakers during the training.

The objective of the training was for the participants to understand the role of DOST and DOST-attached agencies in the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Structure in the local levels (in the case of PSHS- their specific campus sites).

The training started off with an overview of the functions and services of involved agencies, the different natural hazards and disasters, a discussion on the operations of the national weather monitoring system and national earthquake monitoring system, early warning system. It was also emphasized the importance of understanding the issuance of advisories and alerts. PHIVOLCS discussed volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis and their hazards, its Earthquake Intensity Scale and Multi-Parameter Volcano Monitoring System and National Monitoring Network for Earthquake and Tsunami, school-based earthquake preparedness and how to conduct earthquake drill and preparing an earthquake evacuation plan, and its hazard maps and information products.

PHIVOLCS Participates in the PacWave15 PDF Print
Friday, 06 February 2015 16:47

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) joined the Exercise Pacific Wave 2015 (PacWave15) on 03-06 February 2015. PacWave15 aims to test the new Operational Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) Enhanced Products of the Pacific Tsunami Warning Service (PTWS).  It simulated Pacific countries, of which, the Philippines is a member, receiving Tsunami Information with the earthquake parameters, forecasted tsunami height and arrival time.

For the Philippines, two scenarios were used. First, a M9.0 earthquake from off the coast of Peru generating a distant tsunami that will reach the eastern coast of the country in 22 hours with tsunami heights of 0.3m to 1.0m above the tide level. Secondly, a M8.6 earthquake from the Manila Trench generating a local tsunami that will affect the west Philippine coast within few minutes. The warning information was used to test the current PHIVOLCS Tsunami Standard Operating Procedures in assessing the tsunami threat in the country, and issuing timely as well as accurate information for early action.

06 February 2015

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