Training 2.0: Multi-Hazard Vulnerability of Priority Cultural Heritage Structures in the Philippines

30 May 2016

On May 9-13 2016 Prof.

Training in Philippines Dina D'Ayala, Dr. Carmine Galasso and PhD Student Valentina Putrino have delivered a second very successful training on Multi-Hazard Vulnerability Assessment of Philippine's Built Heritage, after the first session held in Manila, last March 2016. 

Following the 2013 earthquake in Bohol and the Jolanda Typhoon in Cebu, the Department of Tourism of the Philippine Government assigned to ARS Progetti in Joint Venture with CCCPET, University of Sto. Tomas, Manila, in collaboration with University College London,and De la Salle University, Manila, the project "Assessment of the Multi-Hazard Vulnerability of Priority Cultural Heritage Structures in the Philippines". 

The three-day intensive training course, hosted in the Island of Bohol by the bishopry, included formal tuitions on vulnerability assessment of historic buildings to earthquake, windstorm and flood hazards delivered by Prof D'Ayala and Dr Galasso; presentation and demonstration of the FaMIVE procedure, developed by Prof D'Ayala with the support of Valentina Putrino and specifically tailored to assess the vulnerability of Philippines' built heritage; an on-site survey and data collection at Dimiao Church guided by the UCL team; presentation and demonstration of the WARP2 procedure developed by Dr. Galasso for windstorm vulnerability roof assessment. 

About 30 attendees , among engineering and architectural lecturers, students and practitioners, coming from Manila, Cebu and local Boholanos universities attended the training sessions, showing high level of competence, commitment and great enthusiasm.

"What happened  to the Philippines in October 2013 should not be seen only and entirely as a calamity, but mainly as an opportunity. Since then Filipinos had the chance to expand their boundaries, to interact with many more cultures, to exchange and gain new knowledge and to build up their own resilience" said Dr Eric Zerrudo, Associate Professor at University of Santo Tomas and Director of Centre for Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics during his opening talks.

The outcome of this phase of the project will be shortly presented at the  1th International Conference on Natural Hazards & Infrastructures, to be held in June 2016 in Crete, and  in September 2016 prof. D'Ayala will deliver a keynote lecture on the topic at the 6th Asia Conference on Earthquake Engineering (6ACEE), to be held in Cebu