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DOST showcases technologies for DRRM

Philippine Information Agency
20 Sep 2019, 22:38 GMT+10

BAGUIO CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) - -The Department of Science and Technology in the Cordillera region (DOST-CAR) showcased science - based technologies for disaster risk reduction and management(DRRRM) in a Techno Promo Day activity at Paragon Hotel here on September 19.

A ceramic water filter that can ensure safe drinking water and safely packed ready- to - eat food during calamities were among the developed technologies that DOST highlighted.

The candle type ceramic water filtration system was developed by the DOST -Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) and was adopted by the local government of Bauko, Mountain Province for production through its pottery industry. It can make accessible around 2 to 3 liters per hour of safe and potable drinking water from any available local and natural water sources even in remote areas.

Another technology produced by the DOST - ITDI for disaster mitigation measure is the ready - to - eat (RET) relief foods dubbed as "Pack of Hope". RET Chicken arrozcaldo or smoked fish rice meal (no need to cook or heat) are packed in easy to open and light weight retort pouch that can be distributed by land, and water surface and aerial at 20 feet drop height, and even under water.

Also featured was the "HazardHunterPH" of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, a web application designed to increase hazard assessment accuracy, improve process efficiency and enhance the ease of doing business in relevant private and government institutions.

The Apps which can provide hazard assessment, hazard assessment report with explanations and recommendations, and up - to - date hazard information from mandated government agencies can be accessed at https://hazardhunter.georisk.gov.ph.

Another invention is the Biotek - M Dengue Aqua Kit, a rapid and less expensive Dengue diagnostic kit developed by the National Institutes of Health of University of the Philippines - Manila in partnership with the DOST.

Mapua University's USHER or Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording, a web portal system that allows developers, building owners and managers, local government units, building officials and structural engineers to remotely monitor and analyze the structural integrity of buildings and other structures was also featured.

DOST also presented the updates on the Cordillera DRR Management Information System that they have developed and continuously improving.

DOST - CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy Bantog outlined that the activity aimed to promote science - based technologies for DRRM which can be adapted in the region in line with their mandate to bring S&T and innovations as a driver of progress in every community.

Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk reduction and Management Council (CRDRRMC) chairperson and OCD - CAR Regional Director Albert Mogol congratulated DOST and its partners for their valuable efforts to support the country's goal of ensuring safe and disaster-resilient communities.

The Techno Promo Day was participated in by CRDRRMC Council member agencies, local chief executives, members of local DRRM council and other DRRM stakeholders. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)

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