Mindanao’s first monitoring center for earthquake and tsunami was launched recently to make the country’s largest island in the south  resilient and prepared for such natural disasters and prevent casualties.

The center brings to 111 the seismic stations in the country.

The Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-Phivolcs) unveiled online the Phivolcs Mindanao Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquake and Tsunami.

DOST Undersecretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. said the center was set to further increase the protection capabilities of the Philippine Seismic Network (PSN) in monitoring and warning in Mindanao.

It aims to ensure the continuity of operations should the key operations of the Phivolcs Data Receiving Center (DRC) in Quezon City get hampered by any disaster.

The Mindanao monitoring center can generate and deliver reliable earthquake and tsunami information for both Phivolcs and the public similar to its DRC in quezon city.

The newest earthquake and tsunami monitoring center is set at the Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao Campus in Mintal, Davao City. It is envisioned to be beneficial not only for monitoring activities but to serve as a facility for students’ education in the region.

In the online news conference, Science Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña pointed out that the department has always pushed for better appreciation of scientific information to transform people’s lives.

“With the inauguration of this cluster center, we hope to bring the products and services of our earth science team…closer to the people whom we serve, and they will truly appreciate the meaning of earth sciences [in the region and at the] local level,” de la Peña said.

On the other hand, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio extended her commendation to DOST-Phivolcs for continuing its mandate to mitigate disasters by disseminating relevant information on disaster preparedness and risk reduction through a video message.

With Mindanao monitoring center as the newest addition to the PSN, the Philippines now has 111 seismic stations, consisting of nine staff-controlled seismic stations, 18 satellite-telemetered seismic stations, and 12 sea-level detection stations and tsunami alerting stations.

The agency eyes to have a total of 115 seismic stations by 2022.

Solidum thanked partner institutions for their support and contributions as the Mindanao monitoring center finally comes full circle this year.

He pointed out that preparedness against disasters need the action of everybody, reiterating the agency’s and partner institutions’ mission to strengthen community resilience and disaster preparedness.

Solidum added that they must collaborate and build on each party’s efforts and expertise to ensure provision of right service to the people to bring forth safe and disaster-resilient citizenry especially in the region of Mindanao. Eunice Anne Narvadez/S&T Media Services

Image courtesy of DOST.gov.ph

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