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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.

Representing DOST Regional Director Julius Caesar V. Sicat at the ribbon-cutting ceremony was Mrs. Mary Michelle Quiambao, DOST Pampanga provincial director.  She spoke on the importance of collaboration between government, academe and the business sector in addressing the challenges of disasters brought on by increasingly more severe weather disturbances.

Miss Charmaine Lyn Bacani, SM City Pampanga’s Assistant Mall Manager, on the other hand said that the shopping mall chain has always been committed in promoting environmental conservation and protection that is anchored on resilience and sustainability through its various advocacy programs such as the Trash-to-Cash, Bike to SM, and just recently the Plastic Waste Collection initiative.

Also present at the event was Councilor Benedict Jasper Simon R. Lagman from the local government unit of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga as chairperson of the City Solid Waste Management Board and the City Water Resources Management Board. He commended the joint effort of DOST and SM Prime Holdings in mounting the exhibit to encourage the citizenry to care for the environment.

The exhibit which will run until the end of May also features the works of Kapampangan copper bonsai artist, Mr. Fernando A. Bondoc.

 

Information Campaign. PSTD Mary Michelle Quiambao delivered the message of support of DOST in developing resilient and sustainable communities together with the public and private sector. Afterwards, she welcomed short interview with the local media to further convey DOST’s advocacy.

 

The exhibit is now open. (L-R) Kapampangan copper bonsai artist Fernando A. Bondoc, SM Prime Holdings Representative Charmaine Lyn V. Bacani, Pampanga PSTD Mary Michelle M. Quiambao, and City Councilor Benedict Jasper Simon R. Lagman officially launched the Central Luzon edition of the “Connecting Today to Tomorrow” Exhibit.

 

DOST for disaster preparedness. Featured in the SM Exhibit is one of DOST3’s responses to calamity readiness, the Severe Weather Amphibious Navigator (SWAN), which is developed in cooperation with Central Luzon HEIs namely, Don Honorio Ventura State University (DHVSU), Holy Angel University (HAU), and Wesleyan University-Philippines.

 

Pack of Hope. Aside for its intention to be read-to-eat alternatives to disaster victims, the developed emergency foods are also given to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) thru DOST-III’s Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST) program.