MANILA – Workers at the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) are trained to use the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (Phivolcs) Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS) to boost the rail service’s disaster preparedness.
In a statement on Thursday, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) -- the operator and maintenance provider of the LRT-1 -- said the REDAS was a “vital component” in the planning requirements of disaster monitoring and risk reduction.
The latest REDAS training at the LRT-1 Depot in Baclaran and through Zoom from June 6 to 10 included participants from other private entities and government offices.
“This is part of LRMC’s business continuity management to strengthen the disaster preparedness of LRT-1 operations and surrounding communities through resources, expertise, and facilities sharing,” it said.
REDAS, it said, is a software developed by Phivolcs in 2002 that can simulate earthquake hazards such as ground shaking and can compute earthquake impact in terms of physical damage, casualties, and economic loss.
In 2021, the pilot REDAS training for LRMC employees covered Module 1 - Introduction to REDAS, Basic Map Reading, Understanding Geological Hazards, Earthquake and Tsunami Alerting Module Familiarization, Satellite Rainfall Monitor (SRM), and Seismic Hazard Assessment Familiarization.
This year, it said the training was expanded to include LRT-1 partners for Module 1 and the conduct of Module 2 consisting of an in-depth focus on SQLITE, SRM Data Acquisition, SHAKE Presentation, and REDAS as an Impact Assessment Tool.
The partners include the Light Rail Transit Authority, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police-Pasay, Pasay City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Pasay City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Barangay 190 Pasay City, Caloocan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, Department of Public Services-Manila, Parañaque City Risk Reduction and Management Office, Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Metro Pacific Tollways South Management Corporation, NLEX Corporation, and Awesome Ways International Services. (PNA)