PHIVOLCS, PCOO to hold webinar on science of earthquake scenarios
By April M. Bravo
Over 40 media practitioners and government information officers participate in the InfoPress and PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar graces the InfoPress with a recorded closing remarks. (photo by April M. Montes-Bravo/PIA Ilocos Sur)
ILOCOS SUR, Mar. 17 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS), in partnership with the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), will conduct a webinar titled “PRESSing Matter: The Big Ones and the Science of Earthquake Scenarios” on March 25.
The webinar aims to capacitate Philippine media practitioners on the science of earthquake scenarios and their importance in earthquake preparedness.
Dr. Renato Solidum Jr., undersecretary of DOST and officer-in-charge of PHIVOLCS, will give the keynote speech on the topic, “The Science of Earthquake Scenarios and Some Worst-case Earthquake Scenarios in the Philippines.”
Earlier, the DOST-PHIVOLCS and PCOO also conducted a webinar dubbed “PHIVOLCS InfoPress: Understanding the Science of Earthquake” on March 9, capacitating media practitioners and government information officers, including those from the regional offices, with essential knowledge in reporting earthquake events and disaster risk reduction initiatives.
Through PHIVOLCS InfoPress, DOST-PHIVOLCS aimed to ensure the accuracy and consistency of the messages being relayed to the public to help them make informed decisions during emergencies.
Mr. Jeffrey Perez discussed the basic earthquake concepts and emphasized the use of correct terminologies such as fault, magnitude, and intensity which is vital in news reporting.
While Ms. Joan Salcedo explained the PHIVOLCS Earthquake Intensity Scale (PEIS) and how this can be used to determine the proper immediate actions during and after an earthquake.
She reiterated the importance of structural integrity to ensure earthquake safety.
On the other hand, Ms. Arianne Gail Rivera talked about how the agency monitors earthquakes and disseminates important data through the DOST-PHIVOLCS Earthquake and Tsunami Information.
Over 40 media practitioners and government information officers from the DOST-Science and Technology Institute, PCOO, Office of Civil Defense, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Philippine News Agency, IBC 13, People’s Television Network, and the Philippine Information Agency participated in the InfoPress.
PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar graced the event with a recorded closing remarks. (JCR/AMB/PIA Ilocos Sur)