THE Sarangani provincial government and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) have signed a partnership agreement on the use of a software application designed to improve disaster preparedness.

The Sarangani LGU said in a statement that Phivolcs and the provincial government will be collaborating on the use of the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (Redas) software.

The LGU and Phivolcs representatives signed the memorandum of agreement on August 26 at the regional office of the Commission on Higher Education in the city.

"It is important for the local government in Sarangani and their residents to be aware and be prepared in terms of hazards," Phivolcs Officer in Charge Teresito Bacolcol said in a separate statement.

The Redas software can simulate earthquake hazards and compute and assess earthquake and other hydrometeorological impacts, he said.

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Sarangani and its neighboring provinces and cities have been experiencing earthquakes as it is within the periphery of several earthquake faults, which include the Makilala-Malungon Fault, the Cotabato Trench, and the two active volcanoes — Mount Matutum and Mount Parker, are among potential earthquake generators in the area.

A resolution has been passed authorizing Gov. Rogelio Pacquiao to sign an agreement with Phivolcs.