Southern Leyte State U concludes training workshop on use of REDAS software
Southern Leyte State University, through the initiatives of Mr. Gordon B. Opina, the Director of Environmental Management and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, and Ms. Jannie Fleur V. Oraño, Head of GIS Tech Center, recently concluded a successful training workshop on Capacity Enhancement of Southern Leyte State University (SLSU) on Hazard, Impact Assessment, and Exposure Database Development through the Use of the REDAS Software. The training workshop was held from January 31, 2024, until February 10, 2024.
The training garnered active participation from representatives from SLSU campuses and Southern Leyte province municipal delegates. Despite their demanding schedules, distinguished speakers from PHIVOLCS, notably Director Teresito C. Bacolcol, REDAS Program Coordinator Maria Leonila P. Bautista, Bartolome C. Bautista-REDAS software developer along with other experts from PHIVOLCS, played an indispensable role in sharing their invaluable expertise. This also aligns with the recent MOA signing of SLSU and PHIVOLCS-DOST.
The presence of esteemed individuals, including SLSU President Dr. Jude A. Duarte, Vice Presidents namely Dr. Prose Ivy G. Yepes, Dr. Francis Ann R. Sy, Dr. Annabelle M. Hufalar, and Dr. Dewoowoogen P. Bacayon, added a layer of significance to the proceedings. Dr. Danilo L Atienza, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office for the province of Southern Leyte, further highlighted the importance of training in disaster risk reduction.
The workshop spanned the online session from January 31 to February 1, 2024, followed by an onsite session from February 5 to February 10, 2024. The comprehensive program included lectures and hands-on practicum sessions designed to equip participants with the necessary skills to utilize REDAS effectively.
One of the noteworthy achievements during the training was the collaboration between SLSU, PHIVOLCS, and the community of San Roque Barangay. Participants engaged in practical exercises that involved creating building footprints of SLSU and extending to the San Roque Barangay. This collaborative effort strengthened ties with the local community and demonstrated the practical applications of the REDAS software in disaster preparedness.
The week-long training provided a dynamic platform for capacity enhancement and collaboration among participants. By combining theoretical knowledge with hands-on experience, attendees comprehensively understood the REDAS software and its potential applications in disaster risk reduction. The event fostered a spirit of cooperation, encouraging the exchange of ideas and best practices among representatives from different campuses and municipalities in Southern Leyte.
With the collaborative efforts between SLSU, PHIVOLCS, and diverse stakeholders, coupled with the enhanced knowledge and skills gained through the training, Southern Leyte's preparedness for natural disasters was fortified, and a newfound connection among participants was fostered. The training workshop ends with hopes that it will strengthen the bond to catalyze future projects and collaborations, paving the way for the province's more resilient and prosperous future.