The CALABARZON Regional Research and Innovation Committee (RRIC), during its second semester 2022 meeting on July 22, endorsed the two locally-developed technologies funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). These are the Universal Structural Health Evaluation and Recording (USHER) System and Emergency Disinfection System (EDS) which were proposed to be adopted for commercialization by the Local Government Units (LGUs) and regional line agencies (RLAs).
The USHER System was jointly developed by DOST and Mapua University to analyze and determine if there are structural damages after a strong earthquake. The system, being supportive of the four pillars of disaster risk reduction, can be a significant tool to structural engineers, building owners, and the government for structural health monitoring and management.
On the other hand, the EDS is a water filtration sytem developed by the DOST – Industrial Technology Development Institute which can address potable water issues during calamities and emergency situations. The technology can also be used in addressing the Arsenic contamination of groundwater in affected areas within the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape.
The CALABARZON RRIC recognized the contribution of the two technologies towards disaster resiliency. The Committee endorsed the technologies to the Sectoral Committee on Economic Development for subsequent endorsement to the Regional Development Council for the adoption of LGUs and RLAs.
Luningning D. Llames, NEDA Region IV-A | July 26, 2022