Written By: Jeremiah Morales
NAGA CITY – In celebration of the 15th Bicol Business Month 2019, the Naga City Chamber of Commerce with the City Government of Naga spearheaded the 1st Resilience Exposition “RESILEX” Innovations for Resilient Community. The event theme was “Bridging Boundaries in the Millennium Towards the 4th Industrial Revolution”. The RESILEX is a gathering of advocates, practitioners, supporters, and stakeholders which primary concern is to build a resilient country. The event showcased static displays of state-of-the-art technologies, capability demonstrations, blood-letting activity, and first-aid demos which highlighted innovations towards a safer Bicol.
The Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines (CCARPH), Ateneo Innovation Center (AIC), and the Ateneo de Naga – Institute for Environmental Conservation and Research (INECAR) joined the event by demonstrating various technologies and maps that are essential to produce a disaster resilient city. The CCARPH-AIC team, represented by Mr. Kerwin Caballas (Research Assistant, AIC), Mr. Lawrence Ibarrientos (Research Assistant, AIC), and Mr. Jeremiah Morales (Research Intern, CCARPH), exhibited the solar-powered water filtering system, Near Cloud Technology, and the Low-cost communication System. These technologies may help Naga City and other interested LGUs to become not only responsive but resilient in the face of disasters.
The solar-powered water filtering system is a technology developed by the AIC that is designed to be self-sustaining and can be deployed in remote and isolated areas. It is made up of materials that are low-cost and readily available which makes it suitable for Local Government Units who want to establish safe and potable water for their constituents. The Near Cloud technology, on the other hand, is a type of mobile cloud storage system that uses low power, terabyte storage and users can access it using their Wi-Fi capable devices. The application of this technology is limitless. For example, Local Government Units can use this technology for storing high resolution maps for land use planning, flooding, healthcare, sensor network (agriculture), etc. In addition, schools can use this as a digital storage of e-books, teaching materials, visual aids, and many more. The low-cost communication system was also brought to the Expo. The system works by converting images into radio waves and transferring it to another device without the use of SIM card or internet. This method can be used during disasters when communication signals are usually compromised. Furthermore, complicated instructions during crisis can now be sent and viewed with ease using this technology.
The week-long event ended with the presentation of students from Ateneo de Naga University and Bicol State College of Applied Sciences and Technology (BISCAST) for the Innovative Ideas of Youth Resiliency Program held at the SM Cinema 4 where competing teams presented their innovative ideas to guide Naga City for resiliency. The ADNU Team came in 3rd place after competing with other teams from other universities in Camarines Sur.
“The Young Leaders Innovation event was a clear indicator of how the government is seeing the potential of using the ideas and perspective of the youth in solving national issues and problems especially in the case of disaster risk reduction and management. Overall, the experience of being able to compete and see the entire process is amazing. I myself had managed to learn a substantial amount of information regarding hazards in the city as well as the government’s efforts in mitigating the damage done by any disaster.” – Eunice “Queenie” M. Turiano, BS Environmental Management Student and one of the representatives of Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU) Team.
Jeremiah Morales received his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management at Ateneo de Naga University in 2019, and is currently a Research Assistant in the Coastal Cities at Risk in the Philippines. For comments and suggestions, you may contact him through email@example.com, or CCARPH at firstname.lastname@example.org