By: Rommel Pamaos

3 years ago, on October 16, 19, and 31, Mindanao was hit by three powerful earthquakes that resulted in the death of 10 individuals and the destruction of 21,000 homes with the addition of 7,000 that were heavily damaged. Thousands of families were displaced and lived in temporary shelters, and different pictures of families surfaced on the net, and in news depicting them as symbols of resiliency. Resiliency has been the most abused word in the Philippines, especially in how we cope with disasters. But is that all there is?

This October 2023, Filipino resiliency will take on a different form through science and technology applications in HANDA PILIPINAS: Innovations in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Exposition brought to you by the Department of Science and Technology. Now on its second leg, the event will take place at Limketkai Atrium and Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City on October 4-6.

The Mindanao Leg with the theme Enhancing Resilience and Sustainability for Mindanao is hoping to empower the most vulnerable communities so they can keep up with the evolving disasters through proper dissemination of information and advocacy efforts to intensify risk reduction. In the aftermath of the October 2022 Mindanao earthquake, an estimated 3.2 million children have been affected and more than 180 classrooms were destroyed. Through the adoption of DOST Technological innovations, the agency aims to address the gap in resiliency by raising public awareness that there are available technologies specifically developed for disaster preparedness and recovery.

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By: Vincent Mendez

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In its second year, the Department of Science and Technology - Technology Application and Promotion Institutes celebrates the spirit of science journalism with Gawad Alunig x Dalumat. Witness empowering narratives of science, technology, and innovation in the latest episodes of DOST-TAPI’s KALIPUNAN this September 29-October 11, 2023 on the i-INVENT and DOST-TAPI Facebook pages.

The special broadcast of KALIPUNAN will showcase science stories developed by the qualifiers of Gawad Alunig x Dalumat. Continuing its success from last year’s competition, DOST-TAPI welcomed entries from various school publications and local correspondents nationwide. These stories focus on the latest and most significant science stories in the community. The episodes will report on the critical contribution of science and technology in major sectors of society from agriculture, education, livelihood, health, disaster management, and engineering.

Among the featured reports and publications, DOST-TAPI shall award this year’s Gawad Alunig to the outstanding science citizen correspondent and the Gawad Dalumat for best school-based or student-led science publication.