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Cebu News

DOST inaugurates quake, tsunami monitoring center

Mitchelle L. Palaubsanon - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — The Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) officially inaugurated the PHIVOLCS Visayas Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (PVCMCET) at Purok 11-Santan, Brgy. North Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu.

DOST Secretary Renato Solidum Jr., in his speech during the event, emphasized the significant role of science and technology in empowering communities to overcome disasters.

Solidum thanked San Fernando Mayor Mytha Ann Canoy and the San Fernando Council for proactive approach, and acknowledged the support of the Provincial Government of Cebu.

According to DOST-7 in a statement, the PVCMCET is a modern hub aimed at improving the accuracy and speed of earthquake and tsunami warnings.

DOST-7 said the PVCMCET not only functions as a monitoring center “but also as an educational site, aiming to inform and protect the community from geologic hazards.”

Further, Solidum reiterated that “preparedness goes beyond drills, emphasizing the need for resilient structures and buildings, underlining the center's role in fostering a secure community.”

The PVCMCET, he said, symbolizes the collaborative effort towards disaster resilience, reflecting the spirit of cooperation, innovation, and readiness.

“As it begins its operations, it brings in a new phase of safety and security for the residents of San Fernando and the whole Visayas region,” DOST-7’s statement said.

More importantly, the PVCMCET is a strategic state-of-the-art facility that ensures service continuity of DOST-PHIVOLCS national earthquake and tsunami monitoring operations in cases of major disruptions in key operations of the PHIVOLCS Data Receiving Center (DRC) in Quezon City.

PVCMCET features near real-time display and monitoring of earthquake and tsunami using data from the Philippine Seismic Network (PS).

Currently, DOST-PHIVOLCS has 125 seismic stations with upgraded computer systems for data acquisition and processing, newly installed tools for decision support, mapping, and information dissemination that are capable of near real-time streaming of seismic waveforms and real-time instrumental intensity reporting.

The Visayas cluster center comprises of nine staff-controlled seismic stations, 25 satellite-telemetered seismic stations, six sea level monitoring stations for tsunami detection, and seven community tsunami alerting stations.

“The new PVCMCET is a testament to our vision of disaster resilience and community resilience from earthquake and tsunami. It will also serve as the epicenter of collaboration among national and local government units, the academe, and non-government organizations in the region,” DOST-7 added.

Mayor Canoy, for her part, highlighted the importance of timely alerts, particularly with San Fernando being a tsunami-prone area.

Director Joel Erestain from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)- 7 also echoed this sentiment, stressing the center's round-the-clock operation for enhanced preparedness.

Representing Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Neil Angelo Sanchez of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) stressed the importance of such endeavors in enhancing community safety.

Sanchez said the center provides valuable learning opportunities for students and disaster officers, emphasizing the significance of household readiness.

DOST-PHIVOLCS is the Philippine government agency engaging in disaster management, committed to mitigate the negative impacts of volcano, earthquake, and tsunami hazards and promoting resilience in vulnerable communities through innovative solutions. (CEBU NEWS)

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