CAR disaster responders, LGUs level up risk assessment skills
TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera 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 Community-Level Evaluation and Assessment of Rain-induced Landslide Susceptibility (Clears) mobile and Web applications on Feb. 22 and 23.
The training is a component of the Clears, a research and development project implemented by the DOST-CAR and KSU in 2022 with support from the Regional Research, Development and Innovation Committee and Cordillera Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development Consortium (CIEERDEC), of the DOST.
The project aims to: Recalibrate the non-expert tool for site-specific evaluation of rain-induced landslide susceptibility; develop the Clears mobile application based on the non-expert tool; and develop the Clears Web application as a module of Cordillera disaster risk reduction management information systems.
These tools and methodologies will strengthen the capacity of local government units in risk assessment, which will support disaster prevention and mitigation.
More user trainings and deployment activities is expected to be conducted this year through the DOST-CAR’s DRRM Unit and the KSU.
In her message, DOST-CAR Director Nancy A. Bantog said 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 other priority areas for action without a clear understanding of what we are dealing with,” she said.
Participants experienced actual data gathering at Sitio Ileb, Nambaran, Tabuk City, Kalinga along the slide-prone area of the national highway. Gathered data will be reported to the Clears mobile app developed by KSU then uploaded to the Clears Web app. – Press release