Mapúa launches disaster warning app for Marinduque
Mapúa University has introduced a mobile app aimed at reducing disaster and health risks in the island province of Marinduque.
Together with the Marinduque State College (MSC), the mobile and web-based application called eSalba aims to help local government units (LGUs) in improving the disaster and health resiliency capabilities of 54,000 households in Marinduque.
The app enables users to see the locations of those who will report incidents, as well as whereabouts of responders, areas for evacuation, and health centers in the community. It will enable LGUs to implement a quick and coordinated disaster response.
Under the Development of Health Index: Vulnerability to Extreme Environmental Events for Marinduqe Island (D-HIVE) Project, team members from both higher educational institutions devised and created the health vulnerability indices (HVIs) for the three geopolitical levels of household, barangay, and municipality. It was then plotted on maps using geographic information system, which is a component of the eSalba system to keep Marinduque locals resilient amid disasters.
The D-HIVE is a community-based research and development project headed by Mapua University’s Dr. Delia B. Senoro, with funding from the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Health Research and Development.
There were 24 undergraduate students, 6 master's program students, and four PhD students from Mapúa, and 31 undergraduate students from MSC who participated in the project. The project was able to employ 9 full-time researchers and 16 project staff and consultants from Mapúa and MSC.
On top of the recent launch of the eSalba, Dr. Senoro said that the second phase of the D-HIVE Project called D-HIVE 4B Capital, which will scale up eSalba to cover the whole region of Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan (MIMAROPA), has started last September 16. The target schedule for the kick-off meeting together with the five MIMAROPA SUC partners is currently being arranged. This research project has a duration of 24 months.
“Launching [of D-HIVE 4B Capital] will be carried out when the necessary data have been collected, curated, analyzed, and interpreted, and the eSalba system has been developed for the MIMAROPA region together with the necessary updating and automation,” Dr. Senoro revealed.