Despite calamities Philippines moves forward

After typhoon YolandaDESPITE the onslaught of monster typhoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan) that killed thousands of people and ravaged properties worth billions of pesos, Philippines will continue marching towards progress.

Being at the forefront in carrying out innovations, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) moves to boost the country’s economic development by enhancing strategies against weather disturbances as relief operations continue in typhoon-ravaged areas.

DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said the government has already acquired a super computer which can be used for accurate weather forecasting by the department’s Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (Project NOAH).

He said the supercomputer will enable local scientists to process and gain insights from the massive data collected, to produce faster, more accurate forecasts and improve localized weather prediction for the country.

“We can also use it to run various weather models and validate the accuracy of results almost real-time,” Montejo noted.

Montejo also said the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) Project has been put in place to generate high-resolution, detailed and up-to-date flood models using the Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology to create a countrywide integrated flood early warning system.

He said after it was launched in December 2011, DREAM has already completed data mapping for 17 of the 18 major river basins nationwide and plans to cover more flood prone areas next year through LIDAR mapping tributaries connecting to these river basins.

To support the development of the local electronics industry, the DOST has developed the Advanced Device and Materials Testing Laboratory (ADMATEL), the country’s first testing laboratory for electronic products.

ADMATEL has the capability to conduct failure analysis on semiconductors. Through this laboratory, local semiconductors and electronics manufacturers will be able to save on their costs as they may no longer need to send their products abroad for testing.

“Now that this lab is fully operational, companies here will not have to send their products for failure analysis to the United States or Singapore. They can do it here in their own backyard, with the tests conducted by our very own scientists,” said President Benigno Aquino III in his speech during the recent inauguration of the laboratory.

The President said he believes that the facility will help the semiconductor industry attain its goal of becoming a US$ 50 billion industry by 2016.

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