Tuesday, April 5, 2016

PHIVOLCS brings teachers’ 
Training on disasters here

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 4 (PIA)—Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology for the Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST) brings to Bohol a first: a three day teachers’ training in communicating disasters for selected Tagbilaran City high school teachers. 

The three day teachers training is normally offered at the central office in Manila, said PHIVOLCS Director Renato Solidum, Jr, who personally came to facilitate the training module. 

Speaking during the press conference at the People’s Mansion, April 4, Solidum explained that the Teachers Training on Communicating Earthquake, Tsunami and Volcanic hazards for Tagbilaran City Division teachers from 7 city high schools is a first 3-day training outside PHIVOLCS. 

Set April 5-7, the three-day training intends to capacitate teachers to help school children learn how to prepare, respond and protect one-self during earthquakes and tsunamis, Solidum bared during the press event announcing their activity. 

The training delves on basic information about the science of volcano, earthquake, tsunami and other hazards as well as on how to pass on these information so communities can prepare. 

PHIVOLCS said the vulnerability of children in natural disasters pushed them to bring the trainings to equip kids with the right information to prepare for an appropriate response. 

The modules are carefully designed with teachers in mind, allaying fears that the trainings content would delve on the technical aspects of disaster and earth sciences, Solidum assured.

With Bohol sitting on the country’s seismically active areas especially with noted inland faults at the North Bohol Fault and the East Bohol fault plus offshore faults near Anda, occasional ground movement is common. 

In his opening statements, Solidum heaped praises for Bohol for its natural wonders, but explains too that earthquakes in the past and the faulting that continues to move, gives Bohol its many wonders. 

Owing to this, and based on historical and instrumental seismicity, earthquakes may still affect Bohol especially with the presence of other earthquake generators in the region, PHIVOLCS said. 

To be better forewarned about this, PHIVOLCS put up in Bohol more earthquake monitoring stations to be able to help Bohol increase its detectability of events and more accurate and timely determination of earthquake parameters of events generated by Bohol’s active faults or the nearby trigger movement. 

Two broadband seismic monitoring stations worth over 2.5 to P3 million are now up in Garcia Hernandez and Talibon, according to Phivolcs. 

These sensors equipment provide us with the data necessary to base our disaster prevention, mitigation, preparedness and response plans in the future. (RAC/PIA-7/Bohol)

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