February 28, 2023
Tabuk City, Kalinga—The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) and Kalinga State University (KSU) conducted the Regional Training-Workshop on Rain-Induced Landslide Susceptibility Assessment using the Enhanced Rain-Induced Landslide Susceptibility Guidebook for Communities and Non-Experts and the CLEARS Mobile and Web Applications on February 22-23, 2023.
In her message, DOST-CAR Regional Director Dr. Nancy A. Bantog mentioned that risk assessment is one of the crucial aspects in understanding and communicating disaster risk. “Understanding disaster risk is one of the foundations of disaster prevention and mitigation. We could not properly address the other priority areas for action without a clear understanding of what we are dealing with,” she explained.
Hence, this training was organized in partnership with the Cordillera Industry Energy and Emerging Technology R&D Consortium (CIEERDEC) and Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) Kalinga through their Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), for the PDRRMOs in CAR, Provincial and Municipal Engineering and DRRM Offices of Kalinga, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), and the DOST-CAR provincial offices.
KSU President Dr. Eduardo T. Bagtang and PLGU Kalinga Provincial Administrator Mr. Teddy Gullay also graced the opening program of the activity.
On the 2nd day, participants experienced actual data gathering at Sitio Ileb, Nambaran, Tabuk City, Kalinga along the slide-prone area of the national highway. Data gathering is thru the CLEARS Mobile App developed by the KSU and which shall be submitted to the CLEARS Web Application of DOST-CAR.
The training is a component of the CLEARS Project (Community-Level Evaluation and Assessment of Rain-induced Landslide Susceptibility), a local R&D project implemented by the DOST-CAR and KSU in 2022 with support from the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee (RRDIC) and CIEERDEC, both led by the DOST-CAR.
The project aims to: 1) Recalibrate the Non-expert tool for Site-specific Evaluation of Rain-induced Landslide Susceptibility, 2) Develop the CLEARS Mobile Application based on the Non-Expert Tool, and 3) Develop the CLEARS Web Application as a module of the existing Cordillera DRRMIS.
These tools and methodologies will strengthen the capacity of LGUs in terms of risk assessment at the local level, which shall support disaster prevention and mitigation. More user trainings and deployment activities are planned to be conducted this year thru the DOST-CAR’s DRRM Unit and the KSU team. //HDinumla and MLFerrer
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Group photo of participants from PDRRMOs in CAR, Provincial and Municipal Engineering of Kalinga, Office of Civil Defense (OCD), Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), provincial engineering offices, DOST-CAR provincial offices and KSU together with KSU President Dr. Eduardo T. Bagtang (5th from right; seating) and PLGU Kalinga Provincial Administrator Mr. Teddy Gullay (4th from right; seating) during the Regional Training-Workshop on Rain-Induced Landslide Susceptibility Assessment using the Enhanced Rain-Induced Landslide Susceptibility Guidebook for Communities and Non-Experts and its CLEARS Mobile and Web Applications held at Tabuk City, Kalinga.