In a country like the Philippines which is frequently visited by typhoons, flooding is most likely to occur, and the availability of a rescue vehicle is vital.

The answer to that is the TOAD or the Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive. It was launched on February 4, 2016 by the Batangas State University and the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A, at the Taal Lake Yacht Club, Talisay, Batangas.

The TOAD is proudly Philippine-made. It is the first amphibious rescue and emergency response vehicle developed by the Batangas State University. Production of the TOAD amounted to P1.4 million with the BatStateU providing P900,000 while the Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A contributing P500,000.

According to Dr. Tirso Ronquillo, President of the Batangas State University, the TOAD has a capacity of 6 passengers and has two 4-stroke gasoline engines – a 22-horsepower engine for land travel, and a 15-horsepower propeller for water navigation. It also has a built-in Global Positioning System (GPS) for efficient tracking of the vehicle’s location.

BatStateU’s research team is headed by Engr. Albertson Amante, assistant director for engineering and technology research, together with Prof. Armando Sinohin, and Mr. Eugenio Ereno, Research Associate.

Alvin Caezar V. Olanday, NEDA Region IV-A | Monday, February 29, 2016