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Dr. Mamoru Miyamoto of ICHARM Japan discusses the development of Davao OSS

The Department of Science and Technology XI (DOST XI), Hydrology for Environment Life and Policy Davao Network (HELP Davao Network), and the International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) in Japan are working with various stakeholders in Davao City to enhance flood management.

ICHARM Japan developed an Online Synthesis System (OSS) for the Davao river equipped with data and information on climate change impact assessment, real-time flood monitoring & forecasting, and inundation prediction models to strengthen science-policy interaction and increase resilience against water-related disasters. 

To effectively utilize the system, HELP Davao Network and DOST XI hosted a stakeholders' meeting to reinforce efforts to achieve sustainable development, especially in view of the insufficient capacities to predict, monitor, and mitigate water-related disasters in the Davao river.

Recognizing that the system will provide more efficient disaster management in Davao, the City Planning and Development Office expressed commitment to work closely with HELP Davao and ICHARM Japan, specifically in trainings and providing data needed to improve the system. 

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI also affirms commitment to the project, citing the importance of effective and coordinated climate action toward a resilient future. 

 

Dr. Kensuke Naito of ICHARM Japan presents the model development of Davao OSS

 

Dr. Kensuke Naito, a researcher from ICHARM Japan, said that they are currently developing a prediction model of inundation that may occur in the areas surrounding the Davao river, but it still needs more data to refine the model.

"At this point, the model still needs to be polished, so we really need local research data before publishing it," he added. 

To support the efforts in improving the model, the DOST-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) committed to share real-time data available to the Agency with ICHARM Japan. The data includes water level, rainfall, temperature, and other meteorological data monitored by weather instrumentations installed along the Davao River Basin. 

Further, ICHARM Japan Senior Researcher Dr. Mamoru Miyamoto discussed potential collaborations with Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) in improving and mobilizing the Davao OSS, highlighting that the system's mechanism is important for mitigation, adaptation, and disaster risk reduction, especially in a disaster-vulnerable country like the Philippines.

 

DOST XI, ICHARM Japan Researchers, tackle possible collaboration with AdDU

 

Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Aerospace Engineering Department Chair of AdDU and the project leader of AdDU Community Connectivity Empowered by Satellite Services for Mindanao (ACCESS), said that the satellite-enabled Automatic Weather stations they have installed in remote and isolated communities in Mindanao may also provide atmosphere data to further enhance the Davao OSS. 

Dr. Anthony Sales, DOST XI Regional Director and Secretary of HELP Davao Network, remarked that the Davao OSS will help in the proper disaster management, capacity development, and sustainable development planning which are crucial to the continuous prosperity of Davao City. 

DOST XI Regional Director, Dr. Anthony Sales, leads the stakeholders' meeting and presents the Davao OSS Overview

 

"We need to empower our constituents by providing them with the resources, knowledge, and skills to manage disasters," Dr. Sales added.

The World Risk Report 2022 recently revealed that the Philippines is the most disaster-prone country in the world. The multisectoral coordination of DOST XI, HELP Davao Network, and ICHARM Japan is expected to enhance the preparation for managing recurrent flood events and other water-related disasters in the Davao River. 



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