DOST calls on proposals for innovative research

PROPOSALS for engineering research relevant in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is now being accepted by the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera (DOST-CAR).

Mae Bagnan, research specialist, said DOST–CAR is now accepting research in the field of environment and waste management; disaster risk reduction and infrastructure resilience; innovative and sustainable construction and transportation systems.

“For this year, we have received three proposals and are still waiting for another proposal, which is undergoing the approval process. This is the smoked meat of Benguet State University (BSU) and the valorization of natural products by the University of the Philippines (UP) Baguio,” Bagnan said.

A proposal on landslide mitigation was recently submitted to Cordillera Industry and Energy Research and Development Consortium (CIERDEC). The research is a collaborative program between UP Baguio, University of Baguio and the University of the Cordilleras together with the Mines and Geo-Sciences Cordillera (MGB-CAR).

CIERDEC is a tripartite organization of the academe, government and business sectors aimed at improving the research capabilities of engineers and allied fields with the ultimate goal of packaging fundable Research and Development Innovation (RDI) proposals relevant to the needs of the region, bringing engineering solutions to technological gaps.

In February this year, during the Engineering Research, Development and Innovations (ERDI) Conference held in Baguio City, researches on “Water and Sewage/Sanitation Systems for Urban and Rural Communities," “Post-earthquake Recovery Strategy for a Water Distribution patterned in the La Trinidad (Benguet) Water District" and “Road Condition Investigation for Kennon Road” by the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera (DPWH) and "a study on the Effectiveness of Coconet for Erosion Control” were presented during the conference.

The presentation also included the research on the “Intelligent Transportation System," which focuses on “Solution to Mobility and Traffic System in CAR” and the “Public Utility Jeepney demand and supply analysis of Baguio City.”

Nancy Bantog, DOST-CAR regional director, earlier said with the region’s distinct geographical situation, many things have to be considered for CAR to be at par with neighboring provinces and cities.

“In CAR, urbanization impacts on socio-economic and environmental concerns, carrying capacity, among others. The uniqueness of our region in terms of terrain and topography makes development even harder for us to be at par with our lowland neighbors,” Bantog said.


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