Phivolcs to unveil PH's 1st quake, tsunami backup monitoring center in Mindanao

Published September 22, 2021, 7:04 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz


The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) will inaugurate its Mindanao cluster center for earthquake and tsunami monitoring on Friday, Sept. 24.

The establishment of the Phivolcs Mindanao Cluster Monitoring Center for Earthquake and Tsunami (PMCMCET) at the Davao Seismic Station aims to ensure service continuity at times of major disruptions in key operations at the Phivolcs Data Receiving Center (DRC) in Quezon City.

It is located inside the Southern Mindanao Campus of the Philippine Science High School in Mintal, Davao City.

As a backup site for the Phivolcs’ DRC in Quezon City, the PMCMCET is capable of issuing and disseminating earthquake and tsunami information to the public, Phivolcs said in a statement on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

The cluster center will also manage the earthquake and tsunami monitoring stations in Mindanao, consisting of nine staff-controlled seismic stations, 18 satellite-telemetered seismic stations, and 12 sea-level detection stations and its tsunami alerting stations.

Moreover, the PMCMCET is expected to provide ease among technical personnel of the Mindanao stations and Phivolcs main office in Quezon City in implementing programmed activities and coordinating an integrated response duringemergencies in Mindanao.

The virtual activity to be held on Friday will include messages from Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato de la Peña and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

DOST Undersecretary and Phivolcs OIC Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr., and Phivolcs Deputy Director Teresito C. Bacolcol are also expected to grace the event.