A journal article on the Davao Online Synthesis System (OSS) earned the International Center for Water Hazard and Risk Management (ICHARM) 2023 Best Paper Award during the 2022 9th International Conference on Flood Management held last February 21, 2023, in Tsukuba, Japan.
The award-winning paper entitled “Co-design for Enhancing Flood Resilience in Davao City, Philippines” focuses on the creation of an Online Synthesis System for Sustainability and Resilience. The system aims to enhance flood resilience by promoting disaster literacy across society and establishing governance involving the participation of stakeholders at all levels in Davao City.
The recognition was given to Dr. Mamoru Miyamoto, Daiki Kakinuma, Tomoki Ushiyama, Abdul Wahid Mohamed Rasmy, Masaki Yasukawa, Toshio Koike, Masaru Kitsuregawa, Dr. Della Bacaltos and the Department of Science and Technology Region XI Director, Dr. Anthony Sales.
The paper was evaluated according to the methodology’s robustness, the project’s relevance, and outputs, the participatory involvement of stakeholders, and the potential of the Davao OSS to be applied and benefit society.
The Davao OSS is a disaster prevention information-sharing system for the Davao River developed by researchers from ICHARM Japan. The model is expected to provide synthesized information on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and sustainable development measures to aid disaster managers and policymakers.
Since its inception, HELP Davao Network and DOST XI have been working to deploy and ensure the sustainability of Davao OSS through policy support and institutional commitment through the Davao River Basin Management Alliance.
The recognition of the Davao OSS project is a significant achievement for the Philippines and highlights the importance of strengthening the capabilities of the country in managing natural disasters which will provide a roadmap for other countries to follow.
The 9th International Conference on Flood Management brought together over 400 experts, policymakers, and stakeholders from 41 countries to discuss the latest research and technologies in flood management.