Late last year, several earthquake incidents were recorded in different areas in Mindanao. At the start of 2020, Taal Volcano woke up from slumber and erupted again after 43 years. On an average, the country is visited by 20 or more typhoons and 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) conducts HANDA PILIPINAS: Innovation in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Expo 2020 from March 12-14 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 non-government 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 as well as for Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change, during the media briefing organized by the DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) and National Press Club (NPC) on 28 February 2020 in Intramuros, Manila.
Solidum added that the strategy of utilizing science, technology, and innovation (STI) 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 DOST is targeting more than 3,000 attendees from different sectors for the three-day exposition. It is organized by the DOST-National Capital Region and the Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).
For more information on the event, you may contact DOST-NCR at 8-5198702 or 8-8372071 loc 2402.