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LRT-1 staff receives quake damage assessment training from Phivolcs.

MANILA, Philippines — To improve the rail service’s disaster readiness, workers of the Light Rail Transit Line 1 (LRT-1) have been taught to use the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology’s (Phivolcs) Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS).

The Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), which operates and maintains the LRT-1, said in a statement on Thursday that the REDAS was an “essential component” in catastrophe monitoring and risk reduction strategy.

Participants from different private entities and government departments attended the most recent REDAS training, which took place at the LRT-1 Depot in Baclaran and through Zoom from June 6 to 10.

“This is part of LRMC’s business continuity management to boost LRT-1 operations and surrounding communities’ catastrophe readiness by sharing resources, expertise, and facilities,” it stated.

REDAS is a software developed by Phivolcs in 2002 that can simulate earthquake dangers such as ground shaking and calculate seismic effects in terms of physical damage, casualties, and economic loss, according to the report.

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 were covered in the pilot REDAS training for LRMC personnel in 2021.

The training was expanded this year to include LRT-1 partners for Module 1 and the conduct of Module 2, which included an in-depth focus on SQLITE, SRM Data Acquisition, SHAKE Presentation, and REDAS as an Impact Assessment Tool, according to the company.

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, Paranaque City Risk Reduction and Management Office, Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Metro Pacific Telecommunications Corporation, Metro Pacific Telecommunications Corporation, Metro Pacific Telecommunications Corporation

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