On May 28, 2015 as a continuation of DOST’s 3-day Science Nation Tour in Caraga Region, the CSU LiDAR 1 team went to Jabonga, Agusan del Norte for the Showcasing of the Smarter Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) project of DOST. As part of the program, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, together with Usec. Carol M. Yorobe, Asec. Raymund E. Liboro, Asec. Rommell M. Reyes, DOST Caraga Director Dominga D. Mallonga, CSU President Anthony M. Penaso, and CSU LiDAR 1 Project Leader Engr. Meriam M. Santillan did the ceremonial turnover of the preliminary flood maps generated by CSU LiDAR 1 to Jabonga Mayor Jasmin F. Monton of the Jabonga Local Government Unit. The maps can be used by the LGU’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office for planning and preparation for future flooding events.
(Text by: Ms. Francise Mae M. Mordeno; Photo-documentation by: Mr. Stanley Estrada; Edited by: Engr. Jojene R. Santillan and Engr. Meriam M. Santillan)
On May 27, 2015, the DOST Officials headed by Secretary Mario G. Montejo visited Caraga State University. The officials which also included Usec. Carol Yorobe, Asec. Raymund E. Liboro, Asec. Rommell M. Reyes and DOST Caraga Director Dominga Mallonga, were welcomed by Dr. Anthony M. Penano (CSU President) and Dr. Rowena Varela (VP for RDE) in the Villares Hall. During a short program and interaction with CSU officials and researchers, Sec. Montejo stated that he was inspired with the outputs that the DOST-funded researches have produced.
The CSU LiDAR 1 team together with Sec. Montejo and company then headed to the CSU LiDAR 1 office for the openhouse. The team discussed to Sec. Montejo the whole process being done by the team in order to come up with the flood models and other deliverables. They also had an intensive dialogue on what other possible outputs that LiDAR Projects can do or expound on. Furthermore, the project showcased their recent achievements which were highly praised and cited as “world class” outputs by Sec. Montejo.
(Text by Francise Mae M. Mordeno; Photo-documentation by: Ms. Sheila B. Refamonte; Edited by: Engr. Jojene R. Santillan and Engr. Meriam M. Santillan)
As part of the 3-day Science Nation Tour of DOST for Caraga Region, the Science and Technology Forum was held last May 27, 2015 at Samping Avenue Convention Hall. The event was attended by several members of the Regional Development Council such as RDC Chairperson and Governor of Surigao del Norte, Hon. Sol F. Matugas, RDC Vice Chairperson, Regional Direcor, NEDA Caraga, Dir. Mylah Faye Aurora B. Carino, DOST Caraga Regional Dir. Dominga D. Mallonga, together with the different DOST funded projects in Caraga, DOST scholars, local media and with the honorary keynote speaker, DOST Sec. Mario G. Montejo.
During the S&T forum, CSU Phil-LiDAR 1 Project Leader and CEIT Faculty member – Engr. Meriam M. Santillan presented the background of the project, the Year 1 outputs, Year 2 progress report, with the emphasis on the application developed by the project called Web-based Near Real Time Flood Event Visualization and Damage Estimations or Flood EViDEns.
The Project team also had an exhibit showcasing the project and its outputs, as well as the Flood EViDEns application. The project exhibit was fervently visited by DOST scholars and other participants of the S&T Forum. Furthermore, the project drew attention when TV Patrol Caraga interviewed Senior Science Research Specialist Engr. Arthur M. Amora about the project which was aired on the 29th of May, 2015.
The event concluded with DOST Sec. Montejo addressing the concerns and queries of the media
(Text by: Ms. Francise Mae M. Mordeno; Photo-documentation by: Mr. Stanley Estrada, Ms. Francise Mae M. Mordeno and Engr. Jojene R. Santillan; Edited by: Engr. Jojene R. Santillan and Engr. Meriam M. Santillan)