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Author: John Kenneth P. Soratio, Science Research Specialist II, PSTC-Pampanga

An exhibit highlighting the projects and programs of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and SM Prime Holdings on environment and resiliency was recently opened at the activity center of SM City Pampanga.

Among the featured technologies in the said exhibit which is dubbed "Connecting Today to Tomorrow: An Exhibit featuring the Sustainability and Resilience initiatives of SM Prime Holdings and the Department of Science and Technology," is the Severe Weather Amphibious Navigator or SWAN prototype. Designed and developed by a combined team of researchers and engineers from three universities in the region, SWAN is intended to facilitate rescue and retrieval operations during floods especially in areas where the roads are narrow.  There are also information materials available on technologies related to the theme of the exhibit such as on geological risk and hazard mapping assessment tools and monitoring and warning systems that provide integrated hazard monitoring, forecasting, and prediction with risk communication.  Locally-developed ready-to-eat and nutritious emergency relied goods are also on display.