DOST-X check turn over LGU-Magsaysay
To initiate steps in developing a disaster-ready and equipped municipality, the Department of Science and Technology-Misamis Oriental turned over project funds amounting to Php 765,719.40 to the Local Government Unit of Magsaysay on July 27, 2022.
The project aims to capacitate and train identified personnel from LGU-Magsaysay in mapping and data analysis through an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology - commonly known as a drone.
The project focuses on specifically using the UAV technology in mapping for disaster management and response, search and rescue, planning, and personnel training on hazard-prone and affected areas in the municipality.
The intervention also includes training and upskilling the LGU staff to use the HazardHunterPh, a DOST-PHIVOLCS-developed software application for generating indicative hazard assessment reports on specified locations. It aims to increase people's awareness of natural hazards and advocates the implementation of plans to prepare for and mitigate the effects of disasters.
Magsaysay is one of the few municipalities in Misamis Oriental that is disaster-prone. During strong typhoons, its 25 barangays usually experience river and coastal flooding, siltation, and soil erosion. Recently, over 400 families were affected and at least 380 houses were damaged as Supertyphoon Odette razed communities due to massive flooding and landslides.
Through this project, LGU-Magsaysay aims to create a more efficient disaster response and management system. The municipality can devise strategies to manage disasters and mitigate their potential adverse effects. (Ronin Z. Java, DOST-Misamis Oriental)