Globe, PHIVOLCS partner to create additional earthquake information maps in the Philippines

Hazard maps are now available for 56 provinces in the country.

By Adrian M. Reodique
Nov. 16, 2016

(From left to right) Edith Santiago, Globe Head for Logistics and Admin Support; Globe Chief Finance Officer Rizza Maniego-Eala; PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr.; and Dr. Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Project Leader for REDAS during the turn over of REDAS hazard database. Credit: Globe 

Globe Telecom and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has collaborated to develop a hazard and risk information database for 56 provinces in the Philippines.

Specifically, Globe provided financial support to create additional Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) hazard database.

REDAS is a hazard simulation software of PHIVOLCS which aims to produce seismic hazard and risk maps immediately after a potentially damaging earthquake. It can also produce liquefaction potential and landslide potential maps.

Besides that, the software can provide estimate on tsunami heights, inundation and arrival times, sort earthquake data by parameters, produce seismicity maps, and allow users to build their own base maps and risk database.

The additional database produced by Globe and PHIVOLCS consisted of multi-hazard maps from Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) as well as census and base maps from other government institutions.

Hazard maps are now available for Metro Manila as well as in the provinces of Cavite, Bulacan, Benguet, Batangas, Negros Occidental, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Albay, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Samar, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, South Cotabato, Cotabato, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, and Maguindanao.

According to Globe's Chief Finance Officer and Chief Risk Officer Rizza Maniego-Eala, the completion of the project allowed the telco company to access hazard maps for about 95 percent of its cell sites nationwide, enabling them to have applicable geographic scenarios in specific areas in relation to ground rupture, ground shaking, earthquake-induced landslides, tsunami, liquefaction, rain-induced landslide, flooding, storm surge and volcanic hazards.

"We hope that the effective utilisation of REDAS can provide deeper understanding and appreciation of earthquake hazards and risks that will hopefully lead to a more comprehensive planning and active formulation of an effective disaster prevention programme and policies that will benefit not only service providers like Globe but also the entire country," said Eala in a press release.