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Developing a Scenario-Based Assessment of Hazards Platform for the Philippines Using Open Source Software and Open Data



A scenario-based impacts assessment tool can now be accessed through the WebSAFE platform of the NOAH website. ISAIAH integrates currently available hazard maps with building and population exposure data to identify different scenario-based hazard impacts for select municipalities of the country.
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In implementing Republic Act 10121 or the Disaster Management Act of 2010, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) has been mainstreamed in the Philippine basic education system, specifically through the Senior High School (SHS) core subject, Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction. Teachers of the subject are advised to adhere to certain core principles in terms of implementation. The approach to teaching the subject should focus on applying previous concepts from Earth Science and Environmental Science to promote important DRR concepts, especially in the context of the Philippines as a locus of disasters. It should base the understanding of scientific concepts on real disasters that happened in the past and those that are happening at the present including local events like the Ondoy floods (2009), Yolanda storm surges (2013), Mt. Pinatubo eruption (1991), Tohoku earthquake and tsunami (2011), and Haiti earthquake (2010). Students must also be made aware of publicly available information related to hazards and disasters. These include the PHIVOLCS Fault Finder, PAGASA website, UP NOAH website, and OpenStreetMap platform. Community-based disaster preparedness measures like developing a family emergency plan and preparing a personal emergency/survival kit should also be integrated as the main outputs for the subject.
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