By: Merlito G. Edale, Jr.
CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Jan. 6 (PIA) - The Isabela State University (ISU) and the Department of Science and Technology through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) has signed an agreement in developing a scientific protocol in the discharge of water of Magat dam during calamities.
The agreement was forged to prevent the recent flooding in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela caused by the cumulative effect of the previous typhoons that struck the country in November last year.
Under the two-year agreement, the two parties will likewise conduct a study on the effects of climate change and land-use changes on water resources in the river basin, identify solutions addressing integrated river basin management for disaster risk reduction and resilience and undertake capacity building and technology transfer initiatives.
The project will be funded by the DOST-PCIEERD amounting to P14,773,600.00 for two years with an initial grant of P7,505,300.00 for 2021.
In 2019, ISU officials led by the University President Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino went to Kyoto University in Japan and discussed possible academic and research exchange and collaboration in light of disaster preparedness.
The mutual consultation between ISU and Kyoto University led to the conduct of the project: “Integrated Flood and Water Resources Management in the ASEAN Basins for Sustainable Development”. (BME/MGE/PIA 2-Isabela)