by: Mirielle Vacal
“What is your image of resilience? Ano para sa inyo ang imahe ng katatagan?” DOST Secretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. started his message with this question. He added: “How do we picture or how do we envision resilience in the Philippines?”. To answer his question, he gave the audience three main important points from this: 1.) better understanding of Philippines’ risk profile; 2.) role of science, technology and innovation in resilience building; and 3.) making science work across sectors.
DOST Secretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. gave his message during the HANDA Pilipinas Expo 2022 Opening and Ribbon-cutting Ceremonies on November 09, 2022. Photo by Mirielle Vacal
With that being said, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) initiated the conduct of HANDA Pilipinas: Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Expo 2022 last November 09-11, 2022 at the Hall A, World Trade Center, Pasay City. The event was spearheaded by DOST in partnership with the Technology Application and Promotion Institute and the DOST-National Capital Region (NCR). HANDA Pilipinas: Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Expo 2022 does not only promote existing DOST technologies, programs and services that improve current operations of local DRRM offices but also capacitate and strengthen partnership and coordination among stakeholders on DRRM. The three-day event consisted of an exposition featuring the latest DOST technologies and products; forums and technology demonstrations from various guests and DOST agencies and experts; and a press conference with local and regional partners.
DOST Secretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. led the ribbon cutting and grand opening event for the HANDA Pilipinas Expo 2022 together with DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, DOST Assistant Secretary for Human Resources Management, Management Services, and Special Concerns, Dr. Diana L. Ignacio, District Representative Aklan, 1st District Hon. Carlito S. Marquez, DOST-TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, and Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Regional Director (DOST NCR), Engr. Romelen T. Tresvalles. Photo by Mirielle Vacal
Attendees visited the exhibits featuring DOST latest technologies, products, and programs promoting Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM). Photo by Mirielle Vacal
“Personally, I want HANDA Pilipinas done every year because this is really devoted for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and perhaps, we can do this every July which is the National Disaster Consciousness Month” said by DOST Secretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. during the press conference on November 09, 2022.
Press conference with the local media partners led by DOST Secretary Dr. Renato U. Solidum Jr. together with DOST Undersecretary for Regional Operations, Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang, DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services, Dr. Leah J. Buendia, District Representative Aklan, 1st District Hon. Carlito S. Marquez, DOST-TAPI Director, Atty. Marion Ivy D. Decena, DOST-STII Director, Mr. Richard P. Burgos, and Officer-in-Charge of the Office of Regional Director (DOST-NCR), Engr. Romelen T. Tresvalles. Photo by Mirielle Vacal