- Representatives of various Aboitiz business units participated in an intensive course in the use of REDAS or Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System
- The training is the first of the two-part hazard assessment module extended to Aboitiz as a member of the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation
On May 11 to 13, a batch of 28 participants from AEV, AboitizPower, APRI, SNAP, Therma Mobile, Therma Luzon, Subic Enerzone, VECO, AboitizLand, Pilmico, CitySavings and UnionBank completed the three-day Hazard and Risk Assessment training conducted by the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) with the objective of beefing up the Group’s preparation and mitigation measures in case of the occurrence of a large and potentially damaging earthquake.
Using REDAS, a software that employs a simulation tool for rapid estimate of seismic hazards, the participants learned how to compute hazards related to landslides, liquefaction and tsunami. The software comes with a risk database, which includes population centers, hospitals, roads, schools and other critical facilities. Other capabilities include seismic map production, query of data points, on-screen map digitization, production of hazard maps. The system allows users to build their own risk database, a feature that is helpful in factoring long-term mitigation of seismic risks in an organization’s asset management, and planning and development.
The participating business units have formed the REDAS subject matter expert group to apply the learnings into their respective risk management efforts related to natural hazards and disasters. REDAS is expected to enhance the Group’s site and regional business continuity plans.