Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Exploring Taal Volcano

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Greetings of peace!

The age of modernization and technology brought to us not only progress and prosperity but also the problems of climate change and hazards due to natural disasters like typhoons and earthquakes.  Our provincial government with the help of all concerned offices, particularly the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office are exerting all possible efforts not only to mitigate and cushion the impacts of these hazards, but also to prepare our people, thereby reducing, if not totally eliminating the possibilities of casualties and damages to properties.

One of the best way to prepare the people for the potential hazards of disasters is through information dissemination.  Learned and educated population has a better chance of avoiding the hazards of disasters.  The data contained in the newly-launched website of PDRRMO will provide necessary bits of information useful for our people.  This will also link our people with the provincial government in terms of achieving a disaster-resilient Batangas Province.

We hope that this website will serve not only our fellow Batanguenos but all the Filipinos here and abroad.

Thank you.



Governor - PDRRMC Chairperson


Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) are two (2) very important matters that must be given full priority not only by government institutions, but by all individuals to achieve complete disaster resiliency. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, being the Secretariat of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council provides useful and up-to-date DRR and CCA information with the help of our partner agencies and city/municipal governments within the bounds of the province.

Pursuant to the provisions of “The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010” a.k.a. RA 10121, the PDRRM Office launched its official website that gives access to our people about DRR and CCA data including but not limited to downloadable hazard maps and disaster risk factors. A separate database for local government unit risk factors that can be updated by local DRRM Officers is maintained by our webmaster. Furthermore, the website comes with links to other concerned local and national offices. Anyone can freely communicate with us through the “Contact Us” menu (through email).

We hope that the launching of the PDRRMO website will benefit not only our fellow Batangueńos, but all the Filipinos around the globe.

Thank you and be safe.



4th Quarter Council Meeting

4th Quarter Council meeting 2017The Joint Meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council, Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Provincial Development Council and Provincial Association of Barangay Captains was held on October 26, 2017 and presided over by Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas.

The joint meeting was attended by members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Sofronio Ona, local chief executives, local disaster risk reduction and management officers, members of the PDRRM Council and other functionaries of the provincial government.

PDRRMO Staff Returned Two Cellphones

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Batangas City.  Two (2) units of cellular phones (Lenovo and Oppo) were found by a PDRRMO Operations Staff; Mr. Roger Galfo inside a bus as he departed from the same at the Batangas Grand Terminal on October 13, 2017.

Being a good and honest man, he kept the cellphones on, hoping to recieve a call from its owner.  On October 16, he recieved a call from the owner; Mr. Oliver who was taking up Master's Degree at the University of Santo Tomas, Manila.  On that same day, the owner with his mother, arranged to meet Mr. Galfo and arrived at the PDRRM Office at the Provincial Sports Complex in Brgy. Bolbok, this city.  Mr. Oliver was so delighted and happy to have found his lost cellphones and thanked Mr. Galfo for his honesty and dedication to be of service to the people.

Mr. Galfo, a former fire volunteer at the Valenzuela Fire District has been in the line of rescue volunteer and is currently among the finest rescue / disaster responders of the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reductio and Management Office since last year.

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Role of Media in Disaster Management


Batangas City.  The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) conducted a 1-day seminar workshop dubbed as the "Role of Media in Disaster Management" on December 19, 2017 at the  DepEd Conference Hall, Batangas Provincial Sports Complex in Brgy. Bolbok, this city.

In his welcome and opening remarks, Mr. Joselito M. Castro stressed the importance of media in disaster operations not only in information dissemination, but also for the swift and orderly management of disasters.

Resource speakers for the activity were Ms. Georgina R. Garcia of the Office of Civil Defense IV-A and Mr. Antonio V. de Lacy, Jr. of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Batangas.

The event was participated by representatives from both print and broadcast media based in Batangas as well as personnel from the Provincial Information Office.

Basic Rope Rescue Technicians

Sea Ambulance Distribution

Emergency Medical Services

Weather Forecast

Daily Weather Forecast (Southern Luzon)

Issued at: 4:00 AM today, 16 January 2018

SYNOPSIS:  At 3:00 AM today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 300 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (7.8N, 129.0E).  Northeast Monsoon affecting Northern and Central Luzon. Tail-End of a Cold Front affecting Eastern Section of Southern Luzon.



Severe Weather Bulletin

As of today, January 15, 2018, there is no Tropical Cyclone within Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Earthquake Bulletin

On January 15, 2018 at about 2:29 A.M, a magnitude 3.4 earthquake hit Calatagan, Batangas with the following data:

Latitude (oN):       13.74

Longtitude (oE):  120.48

Depth:                   99 KM

Epicenter:             019 km S 59° W of Calatagan (Batangas)

Source:                 www.phivolcs.dost.gov.ph





Taal Volcano Lake

Taal Volcano Lake
In February 16, 2017, responders of the PDRRMO toured the Taal Volcano as part of its continuing study on disaster prevention and mitigation.  Headed by the PDRRMO; Mr. Joselito M. Castro, employees of the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology (PhiVolcs) assisted the party.

The Research and Planning Section of the PDRRMO will then prepare the needed Contingency Plan with the aid of the PDRRM Council as a whole.

Gawad Kalasag 2017

Gawad Kalasag 2017

On August 24, 2017, the Batangas Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council received its second Gawad Kalasag championship for the Provincial DRRM Council category.  Receiving the prestigious award were Vice Governor Sofronio Ona, PDRRM Officer Joselito M. Castro and Provincial Engineer Gilbert Gatdula.  The current imrpovements, activities and innovations undertaken by the PDRRMO and the PDRRMC under the leadership of Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas will ensure the capturing of the third Gawad Kalasag award next year that will put the Batangas PDRRMC into the pedestal of Hall of Famers for Gawad Kalasag.


Master in DRRM and Diploma in DRM approved by CHED


The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on its meeting last December 19, 2017 approved the Batangas State University's (BatStateU) offering of courses for Masters in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management as well as Diploma in Disaster Risk Management.

BatStateU will start offering these programs this coming semester, January 2018.  For details, applicants may inquire from the Office of the CABEIHM Graduate School of Public Administration with telephone number (043) 980 0385 Local 1236.

Emergency Preparedness Meeting for TS Urduja

Emergency Response Preparedness Meeting for TS Urduja 12 14 2017

Batangas City.  The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) conducted an emergency preparedness meeting for Tropical Storm "Urduja" on December 14, 2017, should the said weather disturbance affect the province.  Presided over by Acting Governor Sofronio "Nas" Ona and assisted by PDRRM Officer Joselito M. Castro, members of the Council attended the meeting that took place at the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office at the Provincial Sports Complex, Brgy. Bolbok, this city.

Read more: Emergency Preparedness Meeting for TS Urduja

PAF Trainer Plane Emergency Landed

Crash LandingRosario, Batangas.  A Philippine Air Force Trainer Aircraft (T41) was forced to emergency land in a sugar cane plantation in Sitio Villa Ilayang, Barangay Colongan, Municipality of Rosario in Batangas Province last Saturday, November 3, 2017 at about 5:30 PM.


Read more: PAF Trainer Plane Emergency Landed

Search and Rescue Training


tsunami waves

The phenomenon we call tsunami is a series of large waves of extremely long wavelength and period usually generated by a violent, impulsive undersea disturbance or activity near the coast or in the ocean.  When a sudden displacement of a large volume of water occurs, or if the sea floor is suddenly raised or dropped by an earthquake, big tsunami waves can be formed.   The waves travel out of the area of origin and can be extremely dangerous and damaging when they reach the shore.  

The word tsunami (pronounced tsoo-nah'-mee) is composed of the Japanese words "tsu" (which means harbor) and "nami" (which means "wave").  Often the term, "seismic or tidal sea wave" is used to describe the same phenomenon, however the terms are misleading, because tsunami waves can be generated by other, non seismic disturbances such as volcanic eruptions or underwater landslides, and have physical characteristics different of tidal waves.   The tsunami waves are completely unrelated to the astronomical tides - which are caused by the extraterrestrial, gravitational influences of the moon, sun, and the planets.  Thus, the Japanese word "tsunami", meaning "harbor wave" is the correct, official and all-inclusive term.   It has been internationally adopted because it covers all forms of impulsive wave generation.

Tsunami waves often look like walls of water and can attack the shoreline and be dangerous for hours, with waves coming every 5 to 60 minutes.  The first wave may not be the largest, and often it is the 2nd, 3rd, 4th or even later waves that are the biggest.  After one wave inundates, or floods inland, it recedes seaward often as far as a person can see so the seafloor is exposed.  The next wave then rushes ashore within minutes and carries with it many floating debris that were destroyed by previous waves.  When waves enter harbors, very strong and dangerous water currents are generated that can easily break ship moorings, and bores that travel far inland can be formed when tsunamis enter rivers or other waterway channels.

From International Tsunami Information Center

Factors Affecting The Destructiveness of an Earthquake

ezrthquake depthWhy do some earthquakes kill hundreds or thousands of people while others do little damage? There are several factors that determine just how destructive an earthquake can be:

Location: This one is kind of obvious—an earthquake that hits in a populated area is more likely to do damage than one that hits an unpopulated area or the middle of the ocean.

Magnitude: Scientists assign a number to represent the amount of seismic energy released by an earthquake. The Richter magnitude scale, as it is known, is logarithmic, so each step up represents an increase in energy of a factor of 10. The more energy in an earthquake, the more destructive it can be.

Depth: Earthquakes can happen anywhere from at the surface to 700 kilometers below. In general, deeper earthquakes are less damaging because their energy dissipates before it reaches the surface. The recent New Zealand earthquake is thought to have occurred at a more shallow depth than the one last year.

Distance from the epicenter: The epicenter is the point at the surface right above where the earthquake originates and is usually the place where the earthquake’s intensity is the greatest.

Local geologic conditions: The nature of the ground at the surface of an earthquake can have a profound influence on the level of damage. Loose, sandy, soggy soil, like in Mexico City, can liquefy if the shaking is strong and long enough, for example. That doesn’t bode well for any structures on the surface.

Secondary effects: Earthquakes can trigger landslides, fires, floods or tsunamis. It was not the 2004 Sumatran-Andaman earthquake that caused so much damage in 2004 but the Indian Ocean tsunami it triggered. Nearly a quarter of a million people in 14 countries were killed when coastal communities were inundated by the water.

Architecture: Even the strongest buildings may not survive a bad earthquake, but architecture plays a huge role in what and who survives a quake. The January 2010 Haiti earthquake, for example, was made far worse by poor construction, weak cement and unenforced building codes.


PDRRMO Office Location

Provincial Sports Complex, Brgy. Bolbok, Batangas City
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