PDC unveils beta version of customized disaster management software for the Philippines

  • Wildfire - W of Kahemba, Bandundu - Congo (Kinshasa)

    19 minutes ago INFORMATION

  • Wildfire - SW of Tshikapa, Kasa-Occidental - Congo (Kinshasa)

    20 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfire - NE of Lucapa, Lunda Norte - Angola

    15 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Suwanosejima, Japan

    24 minutes ago ADVISORY

  • Wildfires - British Columbia (East of Skuppah Fire), Canada

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Utah County (Bennion Creek Fire), Utah, United States

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Carbon County (Crooked Creek Fire), Montana, United States

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - NW of Powell (Robertson Draw Fire), Wyoming - United States

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - E of Helena (Deep Creek Fire), Montana - United States

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Graham County (Pinnacle Fire), Arizona, United States

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - SE of Moab (Pack Creek Fire), Utah - United States

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Wildfire - Pinal and Gila Counties (Telegraph Fire), Arizona, United States

    27 minutes ago WARNING

  • Storms - New Zealand

    34 minutes ago WARNING

  • Landslides - Tulungagung Regency, East Java, Indonesia

    51 minutes ago WARNING

  • Storms - Phatthalung, Thailand

    58 minutes ago WARNING

  • Storms - Singapore

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Storms - Brunei

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Etna, Italy

    1 hour ago WARNING

  • Potential Tropical Cyclone - Three

    3 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevados de Chillán, Chile

    2 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Dukono, Indonesia

    3 hours ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Reventador, Ecuador

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Sangay, Ecuador

    4 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Volcano - Sabancaya, Peru

    4 hours ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Middle East

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Fuego, Guatemala

    5 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Karymsky, Russia

    6 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Europe

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Drought - Hawaii, United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - U.S. Virgin Islands

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Midwestern United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southern United States

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Cameroon

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Oaxaca, Mexico

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Southern Denmark

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Latvia

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Western Poland

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Portugal

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Tasmania, Australia

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Goias, Brazil

    6 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

    8 hours ago WARNING

  • Wildfires - Port-Vendres Commune, France

    10 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southern, United States

    11 hours ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Popocatepetl, Mexico

    11 hours ago ADVISORY

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - 178 km SE of Hihifo, Tonga

    13 hours ago WATCH

  • Flood - Demopolis, AL Region, United States

    13 hours ago WARNING

  • Flood - Mandeville--Covington, LA Region, United States

    14 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Nepal

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bhutan

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Bekasi City, West Java, Indonesia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Indragiri Hulu Regency, Riau, Indonesia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Floods - Sijunjung Regency, West Sumatra, Indonesia

    22 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - Peninsular Malaysia

    23 hours ago WARNING

  • Storms - India

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Ibu, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Volcano - Lewotolo, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Earthquake - 5.9 - 72 km ESE of Amahai, Indonesia

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Hawaii

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Semeru, Indonesia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Somalia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northeastern Ethiopia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northern Kenya

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - La Rioja, Spain

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Drought - Northwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southwestern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - High Plains United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Drought - Southeastern United States

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Mexico

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Southern Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Southwestern Guyana

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Brazil

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Floods - Colombia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Western France

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Eastern France

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northwestern Spain

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Heat - Central Asia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Uruguay

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme Cold - Southern Bolivia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Earthquake - 5.5 - northern Qinghai, China

    1 day ago WATCH

  • Storms - Eastern Malaysia

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Thailand

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Extreme heat - Hong Kong

    1 day ago WARNING

  • Storms - Northern Japan

    2 days ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Nyiragongo, DR Congo

    1 week ago WARNING

  • Volcano - Bagana, Papua New Guinea

    4 days ago WARNING

  • Ebola - Guinea

    4 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - North America

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Asia Pacific

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Latin America/Caribbean

    10 months ago WARNING

  • Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Africa

    10 months ago WARNING

VIEW ALL HAZARDS
February 25, 2020

A new robust national hazard monitoring, early warning, and decision support system made its beta debut last week in the Philippines. The system was unveiled in partnership with the Philippines Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and was eagerly reviewed by the disaster management professionals who will soon be using it at the OCD national operations center. Known as PhilAWARE, the system is powered by the Pacific Disaster Center’s (PDC) hazard monitoring and early warning platform DisasterAWARE.

The debut took place during a mid-term workshop for the PhilAWARE project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in Manila, February 10–13. The event was attended by 41 people, representing 14 Philippines agencies and organizations involved in disaster management. The project is a collaboration between the Philippines and PDC, a University of Hawai‘i applied science and research center.

“The Philippines is currently ranked as 9th in the world risk index which includes hazards like tropical cyclones, earthquakes, landslides and volcanic eruptions, flood and more,” said Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, Executive Director of the Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Administrator of the Philippines Office of Civil Defense (OCD). He said the need to be always informed and to possess situational data is a crucial element to effective decision-making and planning against all threats. According to Jalad, PhilAWARE will enable improved situational awareness, decision support, and information exchange for OCD—especially in the monitoring and response phase during critical moments.

“The NDRRMC has been using DMRS, which has the integrated data for all of ASEAN. The PhilAWARE system is next. Further, we see PhilAWARE complementing other government system initiatives and providing the NDRRMC a set of tools for DRRM,” Jalad added.

Strengthening decision support systems in the Philippines is part of a larger Regional and National Capacity Development Program for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States funded by USAID’s Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), said USAID’s Paul Seong, Deputy Environment Office Director and Mission Disaster Relief Officer. “The use of DisasterAWARE-based tools like PhilAWARE in the region reflects the borderless nature of hazard events and helps promote and facilitate regional coordination and cooperation to improve disaster outcomes,” Seong said.

“We have been working with the Philippines and discussing opportunities for collaboration since one of the most powerful and destructive typhoons on record—Typhoon Haiyan—leveled several islands in the country during 2013. Looking forward from that tragic point in time, this program, and the work we’ve done collectively to advance it, demonstrates the commitment of the government of the Philippines to the safety of its population and to building disaster resilience,” said PDC Deputy Executive Director Chris Chiesa.

In addition to the PhilAWARE beta roll out, the week-long event included a Concept of Operations workshop, technical exchange workshop, and system administrator and user training. Implementation partners Humanitarian OpenStreetMap (HOT) and Yayasan Peta Bencana also provided training. HOT helps fill important national data gaps by providing crowd-sourced mapping of critical infrastructure, while Yayasan Peta Bencana provides crowd-sourced hazard reporting tools for the general public to inform responders about hazard locations and impact severities.

The PhilAWARE project will run until later this year and involves hardware procurement for hosting PhilAWARE at OCD headquarters. In the coming months, PDC and OCD plan to finalize procedures to institutionalize the operational use of PhilAWARE so OCD can assume full ownership and maintenance at the end of the project.

Philippines PhilAWARE mid term

Connect with us