Towards Flood Resilience: Geo-SAFER Mindanao Program Officially Launched

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Last August 8, 2017, the Geo-SAFER Mindanao Program, also known as the “Geo-informatics for the Systematic Assessment of Flood Effects and Risks towards a Resilient Mindanao” was officially launched at the LMX Convention Center, Butuan City.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Hon. Fortunato T. dela Peña graced the said event. It was also attended by program’s stakeholders, policy-makers and representatives from the different Government sectors across Mindanao. During the launching, the Geo-SAFER Mindanao’s partner agencies and Local Government Units were acknowledged for their commitments in helping the program reach its objectives in achieving flood-resilience through enhancing their flood disaster management and mitigation practices.

Geo-SAFER Mindanao is a 2-year research program funded by the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST – PCIEERD) and is being implemented by five (5) Higher Education Institutions across Mindanao, namely: Caraga State University (CSU), Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), Central Mindanao University (CMU), Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) and University of the Philippines – Mindanao (UPMin). The program aims to continue the generation of detailed flood hazard maps in Mindanao using geo-informatics-based technologies conducted by the Phil-LiDAR 1 Program.

Photos: Courtesy of PIA Caraga