Experts Discuss Local Techs for Early Warning During HANDA Pinas Forum

Agencies of the Department of Science and Technology discussed various technologies and innovations in early warning systems during a forum held on 9 November 2022 as part of this year's celebration of the HANDA Pilipinas: Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Expo at the World Trade Center, Pasay City.

Locally-developed technologies for providing early warning for typhoons and earthquakes were highlighted during the forum including those by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI). Innovations from the National Institute of Geological Sciences of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UP NIGS) were also presented.

Technologies and initiatives highlighted were PAGASA's Flood Early Warning System for Metro Manila, PHIVOLCS's PlanSmart Ready to Rebuild Automated Planning Tool, ASTI's Automated Weather Station, Tsunami Early Warning System, Flood Early Warning Station, and Prototype Damage Detection using Artificial Intelligence, and UP NIGS's Tsunami Project.

Resource speakers encourage the use of these technologies to provide information for early warning, and planning of respective Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMO).

Experts also mentioned that they can provide technical expertise and guidance to DRRMOs on acquiring fundamental information about possible disasters from natural hazards such as typhoons, tsunamis, and earthquakes.

Officers from respective DRRMO of local government units nationwide attended the forum.

The HANDA Pilipinas Expo will run until November 11, 2022.