On 10 February 2017 at 10:03 PM Philippine Standard Time (PST), a magnitude (M5) 6.7 earthquake struck the Province of Surigao del Norte in northeastern Mindanao. Using the data from the Philippine Seismic Network (PSN) of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology - Department of Science and Technology (PHIVOLCS-DOST), the epicenter was located in Surigao Strait at 9.80° N and 125.35° E or 16 km offshore northwest of Surigao City at a shallow depth of 10 km. The earthquake was generated by the movement of the Philippine Fault - Surigao segment.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) handed over new Bohol hazard maps to the local government last April 4, 2016 at the Conference Room of Governor’s Mansion in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.
A press conference, InfoSentro sa PHIVOLCS, was held and Dr. Renato U. Solidum, Jr., PHIVOLCS Director, gave an update regarding the new earthquake monitoring stations located in Bohol and nearby areas, and what has been done by PHIVOLCS after the 2013 Bohol Earthquake.
Director Renato Solidum, Jr. and other staff of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) attended a Science and Technology (S & T) Forum regarding "Trauma Associated with Post-Disaster Events" at the 2nd floor Conference Room, PHIVOLCS building on February 12, 2016.
Dr. Dale Dominey-Howes, Associate Professor in University of Sydney, discussed how researchers may suffer trauma from working in a traumatic or disaster-stricken environment. "Disasters don't happen in nature, disaster happens to us," he said.
From August 31-September 05, 2015, a training entitled “Mainstreaming Disaster Risk Reduction into the Local Development Planning Process, Contingency Planning and Emergency Preparedness through the Use of the REDAS Software” was conducted by PHIVOLCS for the province of Benguet. It was held at Crown Legacy Hotel, Baguio CIty. A total of 47 participants from the Provincial Government Office and 12 municipalities of Benguet province attended. There were also participants from the agencies of DOST-CAR, DILG-Benguet, OCD-CAR, Benguet State University and Heart Cordillera.
PHIVOLCS led in teaching the method of collecting exposure database using REDAS Exposure Datbase Module (EDM) using android devices. This activity is under the "Capacity Development for Managing Disaster Risks from Natural Hazards and Climate Change in the Philippines", also known as the "DRRM/CCA Policies and Standardization Project". Said project is being implemented by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) with funding support from UNDP.