01 HELP Center Launching

On Valentines’ Day, Councilor Marissa Salvador Abella celebrated the event together with the residents of Brgy. 10-A, Duha Road, San Antonio Village. As Chairperson of HELP Davao Network, she led the launching of the Community Learning Center.

As a low-lying riverine community, Brgy.10-A is aggressive on their campaign to protect the water quality of the river and in observing the river’s activities, alert on any coming floods. 

In order to provide an avenue for community engagement in terms of disaster preparedness and awareness, the Community Learning Center of the barangay was rehabilitated and ameliorated with funding support from UNESCO Jakarta Office. The residents themselves worked together to rehabilitate the center using local indigenous materials abundant in the area.


Davao City chosen as one of the pilot sites for Flood Management Study

In the last two years, the international community has been constantly making a move on addressing climate change, floods, and droughts. In 2015 alone, three major accords were implemented: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. These agreements have something in common: that there is an urgent need for us to act on the pressing issues on climate and other water-related hazards.

But to achieve all these, the International Flood Initiative (IFI) revised its strategies for promoting the Integrated Flood Management (IFM), stating that “a new holistic risk-based approach to the IFM must be developed to minimize the loss from flooding under climate change and maximize the net benefits from the use of flood plains for sustainable development”. 


Dr. Anthony C. Sales presenting the Initiatives on Flood management at the Local level based on the HELP Davao Experience

02 Science Explorer

Students pose in front of the Science Explorer bus, the mobile science learning facility of DOST-SEI


Do “Kulitsap”, “Agatom”, “Anatom”, “Ugat-Puno” and “Palikpik” ring a bell to you? Every 90’s kid would know that they are a few of the characters of the educational program, Sineskwela. Who would have thought that these characters and their vehicle, of course, have real-life counterparts? These characters also had their own vehicle which shrinks and goes back to its normal size and dives underwater just to explain the wonders of science.

In 2015, the United Nations have set 17 goals to “end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all”. These goals known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) have to be achieved within 15 years.

To attain the Sustainable Development Goals, the National Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) agreed to have it as its overarching theme for the NAST Annual Scientific Meeting on July. The NAST Agricultural Sciences Division decided to focus on SDG No. 14: Life below Water. The conservation and sustainable use of marine resources is crucial in achieving the SDG Nos. 1-3: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, and Good Health and Well-being.

Attaining SDGs Philippine Fisheries 2020


The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHL) will conduct its 39th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) on July 12-13, 2017 with the theme “Attaining Sustainable Development Goals: Philippine Fisheries 20/20”.

For this year, NAST PHL adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be its overarching theme. The Agricultural Sciences Division, being the host division, agreed to focus on “fisheries” where science is critical. They are also interested in determining how these sectors will impact the achievement of SGDs in the Philippines.