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DOST boosts Nueva Ecija’s disaster preparedness

The Department of Science and Technology-Central Luzon (DOST-3) has vowed to boost the preparedness and response efforts of the provincial government of Nueva Ecija in times of disaster.

Under the agency’s Expanded Implementation of the Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (eCEST) program, the DOST will provide the province with an unsinkable small watercraft (USW) to help boost its disaster rescue and relief capabilities.

According to DOST-3 chief Julius Caesar Sicat, the move is part of their efforts to strengthen the disaster rescue and relief capabilities of vulnerable communities in Central Luzon via the adoption of locally developed disaster risk reduction management technologies.

“The USW will help to improve the LGUs’ disaster response in mitigating the challenges encountered during and after calamities, especially during flooding,” Sicat said in a social media post.

Michael Calma, the Nueva Ecija Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) chief, said the USW’s portable design is suitable for an emergency quick response.

“Ang unsinkable watercraft ay gagamitin in case na may kailangan na i-rescue sa isang flooded area at isa rin itong tool para ma-train yung mga disaster risk reduction and management teams na nasa low-lying levels,” he said in a Philippine Information Agency report.