Late last year, several earthquake incidents were recorded in different areas in Mindanao, while at the start of 2020, Taal Volcano woke up from slumber and erupted after 43 years. On an average, the country is visited by 20 or more typhoons. Recently Typhoon Ursula battered the Visayas that resulted in hundreds of millions in property damage and loss of lives.
As the impact of these natural calamities becomes more prominent, proper and appropriate disaster management and mitigation must be the top priority of government agencies, local government units and the vulnerable communities.
In response to this, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will conduct “Handa Pilipinas: Innovation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Expo 2020” from March 12 to14 at Hall A of the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The three-day event will showcase disaster risk reduction and response technologies and innovations of DOST through interactive exhibits and hands-on breakout sessions.
The event aims to increase the awareness of different stakeholders on technologies that can be utilized to enhance the capabilities of local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management offices on mitigating, preparing and responding to hazards.
Some of the DOST technologies that will be featured in this exposition are: tsunami alerting system, automated weather station, damaged building detection, pack of hope ready-to-eat, emergency food, collapsible toilet bowl for emergency/disaster operations, hazard hunter/geo analytics, geotextile handloom machine, and TOAD, or Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive.
“I encourage the public, especially the members of local government units in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces, national agencies, Metro Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, volunteer organizations, and nongovernment organizations to attend the event. We need science, technology, and innovation when preparing for disasters,” said Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr., DOST undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services, and for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change.
Solidum added during a media briefing that the strategy of utilizing science, technology and innovation in understanding hazards and risk to societies, and in providing science-informed solutions to pervasive but predictable and manageable threats is a tested and proven approach.
The event was organized recently by the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute and National Press Club in Intramuros, Manila,
Handa Pilipinas is organized by the DOST-National Capital Region and the Technology Application and Promotion Institute.