The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) is a service institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) mandated to mitigate disasters from volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other related geotectonic phenomena. DOST-PHIVOLCS’ mission is to provide timely, quality, and socially-inclusive information and services for warning, disaster preparedness, and mitigation through the development and application of technologies for the monitoring and accurate prediction of, and determination of areas prone to, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other related hazards, and gender-responsive capacity enhancement for comprehensive disaster risk reduction (DRR).
DOST-PHIVOLCS traces its beginnings after the violent eruption of Hibok-Hibok Volcano in 1951. Through Republic Act No. 766, the Commission on Volcanology (COMVOL) was created in 1952. In 1982, COMVOL was restructured and renamed to Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLC). In 1984, when the mandate of earthquake monitoring was transferred from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to PHIVOLC, it was named PHIVOLCS to include seismology.
The Institute operates the Volcano Monitoring Network established in the eight most active volcanoes. It manages the Philippine Seismic Network of 111 seismic stations and the Philippine Tsunami Network of 55 tsunami detection sites and their alerting stations. It has developed DRR tools and platforms such as the Rapid Earthquake Damage Assessment System (REDAS), which can simulate earthquake hazards and compute the impacts among the software’s multiple capabilities; How Safe is My House? Self-Check for Earthquake Safety of Concrete Hollow Block (CHB) Houses in the Philippines; VolcanoPH Info application for easy access to volcano information and updates; and GeoRiskPH (HazardHunterPH, GeoAnalyticsPH, and GeoMapperPH) for multi-hazard and risk assessment. DOST-PHIVOLCS conducts stakeholder-specific capacity-building programs as well as designs and communicates information materials through multiple channels to help develop communities safe from and resilient to volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other related hazards.Contact information
Official Facebook account: facebook.com/PHIVOLCS
Official Twitter account: twitter.com/phivolcs_dost
Contact Number: +632 8426-1468 to 79
Office address: PHIVOLCS Building, C.P. Garcia Ave., UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City 1101, Philippines