MAY 18, 2021 – The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) approved the allocation of almost Php. 78 Million budget for the establishment of the SMART Water Infrastructure and Management (SWIM) as its Niche Centers for R&D (NICER) Program of DOST for the people of Cagayan Valley.
SWIM R&D is a project for NICER that aims to introduce innovative water management approaches through institutionalizing a university-based water research center to undertake R&D education, capacity building programs in the water resources sector and river basins, and provide technical extension services.
In his message, Secretary Fortunato dela Peña expressed his gratitude to ISU for coming up with a relevant and timely research to help solve the problems in water infrastructure and management in the region.
He also cited the effect of heavy flooding faced by region 2 during the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses in November last year as well as the threats to water availability.
The center will be reinforcing the region on the problems of recurring water hazards due to inclement weather conditions, which bring subsequent damages to agricultural properties.
In approaching these kinds of water hazards, the center will undertake 4 complementary R&D projects: (1) Smart Water Resources Planning and Development of Water Resources Projects and Interventions; (2) Integrated Assessment and Analysis of Hydraulic Assets for Sustainable and Resilient Flood Control Infrastructures; (3) GIS-Based Decision Support Tool in Managing, Monitoring and Applying Intervention of Water Infrastructure for Smart Cities: Case for Cauayan City; and (4) Smart Water Control Infrastructures for Effective Irrigation Management.
DOST 02 Regional Director Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang also expressed his support in the project by assuring that ISU will receive appropriate funding and assistance.
The programs will run for three (3) years, which will be implemented in region 02, with ISU at the lead along the SUCs in the region, partner government agencies, and local government units.
DOST, with its mandate, will continue provide central direction, leadership and coordination of scientific and technological efforts in building smarter and resilient communities in the country. (S&T Pen_Dave Masirag)