DOST sets sights on disaster, climate information gold standard
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) aims to launch a gold standard in disaster and climate information services.
“Disaster is a wicked problem. By this, it means that disasters have complex interdependencies so that the root of the problem defies clear-cut definitions. The associated risks cascade and compound unpredictably, and therefore there is no single solution to address the problem. My dream today as Secretary of DOST is that the Philippines will be the Gold Standard in Disaster and Climate Information Services,” DOST secretary Renato Solidum said.
Solidum made the statement at a side event during the 28th Conference of Parties on December 1 in the United Arab Emirates.
The DOST also shared its GeoRisk Philippines platform, which will exhibit risk information to help people in danger of natural hazards such as volcanic eruptions, floods, and the like.
Maybelline T. Cahulogan of the DOST-Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the platform could also provide reports of tsunami risks and calculate heights and possible population effects, such as affected people, in its aftermath.
“We envision redefining Filipino resilience from merely surviving to living, coping, and adapting to risks. When we recognize the power and influence of science, technology, and innovation, we realize that we are not powerless against hazards and risks. We believe that through STI, resilience is possible, and that Filipinos can come out as Disaster Victors, not disaster victims,” Solidum said.