The Philippines is a country regularly besieged by disasters or calamities, Filipinos have often been lauded by the rest of the world for their resiliency; But beyond that, Filipino ingenuity has been also been sharpened by Mother Nature’s fierce battering. This is how TUKLAS Innovation Labs puts a spotlight on Filipino Ingenuity with its whole-day fair.
TUKLAS (means “discovery” in Filipino) also stands for “Tungo sa Kahandaan ng Pilipinas.” This innovation labs supported over 40 commmunity-centered innovative solutions by Filipinos designed to help vulnerable communities to aid their preparedness in times of disasters. The innovators worked hand-in-hand with 94 disaster-prone communities in the Philippines to test, refine, and implement their innovations throughout the year.
The Pasundayag National Innovation Fair is a whole-day celebration highlighting a year of bringing and working together for solutions and innovations that would help us in times of disasters.
“We want to prove that innovations are for everyone—regardless of educational attainment and social status. People from communities can innovate and inspire innovation,” says Angelo Hernan Melencio, consortium manage of TUKLAS. “This fair showcases innovative solutions for disaster preparedness that have been developed for and with communities throughout the Philippines.”
It was also served as a venue where partners and stakeholders were able to share and learn from their experiences and develop partnerships to support for Filipino innovators. “TUKLAS created an opportunity for community members to share their talents, to play a role in helping their community be better prepared when disaster strikes, and to inspire others to be more involved in their community,” added Melencio.
Filipino innovations featured at this fair are:
- Ania Design Lab: The Disaster Preparedness Simulator – A unity engine-based software and simulator allows users to experience what happens when a disaster strikes through virtual reality.
- Tech4DRRM: Solvex38 – An intelligent flood warning and monitoring system that alerts the community when floodwater reaches a certain level.
- OBXS: People’s Initiative and Involvement in the Development of Technology (PINDOT) – Offline mobile application for emergency reporting, information sharing, and mapping.
- Carlos Hilado Memorial State College: Bottle-Net Life Jacket – Used fishnets and discarded plastic bottles turned into a D.I.Y. personal flotation device for every family.
- Alay Bayan-Luson Inc.: Community-led disaster risk reduction and management skills transfer – Community-led disaster risk reduction and management skills transfer to strengthen the capacities of the Disaster Preparedness Organization (DPO) of Cadiz through knowledge, skills, experiences, and lesson sharing.
- Ifugao Peasant Movement: Revitalizing Camote Production in Ifugao – Community-based reproduction of trichoderma for camote revitalization through trainings, nursery propagation of clean planting materials, field testing, and mass production of planting materials for community farmers.
- Child Alert Mindanao, Inc.: Bamboo River Embarkment – Building of bamboo river embarkment to mitigate the impact of recurrent flooding in Barangay Mainit Cateel, Davao Oriental.
- Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation (CONCERN), Inc.: Floating Agriculture – The floating agriculture aims to help communities to have alternative food sources during times of calamities.
The PASUNDAYAG Innovation Fair aims to gather support and strengthen the innovation space for Filipino innovators, all the while showing to the country and the world that there are innovative ideas in the Philippines waiting to be discovered and supported.