DOST XI and HELP-Davao Network conducts stakeholders conference on sustainability science project

Representatives from various line agencies, barangays, and other key stakeholders gathered last October 20, 2016 at the SMX Meeting Room, Lanang, Davao City for the Davao City Multi-Stakeholders Conference. With a theme “HELP-ing communities make Evidence-based Decisions”, the HELP Davao Network presented the results of their UNESCO-FUNDED study entitled Demonstration Site on “Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao”.

Helping Davao become more disaster resilient

DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony C. Sales presents the overview and background of the sustainability science project.

            Ms. Ludivina Porticos, Dr. Lourdes Simpol, Dr. Della Grace Bacaltos, and Dr. Ruth Gamboa presented the results of the three components of the study: 1) Assessing the state of urban water supply system in Davao City, 2) Development of plan and demonstration of technologies, and 3) Capacity building and raising awareness in the event of a 100-year return flood. One of the significant results revealed in the study is that the disaster risk reduction management plans of the barangays were too focused on the people and saving lives rather than protecting our water resources from disasters.

            “We will be coming up with policy briefs to be submitted to the Davao City Government. One of these policies that we’re thinking of is to make the management of urban water systems during disasters as a crucial component of DRRM plans at various levels,” said Dr. Anthony Sales, DOST XI Regional Director.

            “We want to push our city government to have this institutionalized as an integral part of the DRRM plans from the city level down to the barangay level,” Sales added.

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DOST XI Regional Director Dr. Anthony C.Sales and MinDA Undersecretary Janet Lopoz hands over the Flood Hazard Map of Barangay Tigatto to its Brgy.Chair Raul Bicong.

            Aside from the presentation of the results of the study, the GIS hazard maps generated through the Phil-LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) were distributed to the respective barangay chairpersons and representatives. The official website of the HELP Davao Network was also launched. The website which can be accessed at aims to reach a wider audience in providing knowledge on water resource management.

            With positive feedback and support from the stakeholders, the entire HELP Davao Network hopes to see a more disaster-resilient Davao City.