LRMC calls on DoST-Phivolcs for LRT-1 resilience and disaster preparedness

Private operator LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corp. (LRMC) has partnered with the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) through its Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) for training on the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System de terre (Redas) among the LRT -1 employees and associates.

This is part of LRMC’s business continuity management to strengthen the disaster preparedness of LRT-1 operations and surrounding communities through the sharing of resources, expertise and facilities.

Redas is a software developed by Phivolcs in 2002 as part of a DoST-GIA project. The software can simulate seismic hazards such as earthquakes, liquefaction, landslides and tsunamis. The software can also calculate the impact of the earthquake in terms of physical damage, casualties and economic loss.

“The Redas software has become a tool of choice for LRMC in spearheading, planning and executing in times of natural calamities. In times of disruptive incidents, one of our main tasks is to ensure the provision continuous delivery of services at acceptable levels. Redas has been a critical component in meeting disaster surveillance and risk reduction planning requirements,” said Dr Louernie De Sales, Head of Health, Safety, Environment and quality of the LRMC.

“The transport sector, in particular, is very vulnerable to various natural hazards. And they must be protected because immediately after a major event – a disaster – the transport sector must be revived and able to open the city, the metropolis and have access inside and outside this area,” said Renato Solidum Jr., Undersecretary of the Department of Science and Technology and Officer in Charge of Phivocs.

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