Geo-SAFER Agusan: Advocating Flood Resilience For Collective Prosperity at the Caraga RSTW 2018

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Working towards a flood-resilient Caraga is a goal that should be extended to the community. Bearing its objectives and advocacies, the Geo-SAFER Agusan Project joined the celebration of the Caraga Regional Science and Technology Week (RSTW) 2018 last September 5-8 at Robinsons Mall, Butuan City.

Being one of the RSTW 2018 exhibitors, Geo-SAFER Agusan showcased its Augmented Reality Sandbox, an interactive model that teaches geographic, geologic, and hydrologic concepts to its users. Students, government employees, kids, and other exhibit-goers who visited the Geo-SAFER Agusan booth had their first-hand experience in shaping topography models using real sand and placing their hands above the sand, simulating ‘rain’ in near-real-time.

The project also spearheaded a Geo-SAFER Agusan Forum, which featured various talks on topics such as the utilization and application of the project’s datasets and outputs in the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Sector, Infrastructure Projects, Watershed Conservation, and management and in Competing Land Claims. The said event was participated by representatives from Geo-SAFER Agusan’s partner Local Government Units, stakeholders and Caraga State University BS Geodetic Engineering Students.

The Caraga RSTW 2018 was led by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) XIII which carries the theme “Science for the People 2018: Innovation for Collective Prosperity”.