The National Academy of Science and Technology and the Department of Science and Technology 8 give a new face to address the environmental hazard on flooding in Leyte through their funded project on “S& T-Based Solution to the Environmental Hazard on Flooding.”

Dr. Marla Maniquiz-Redillas of De la Salle University, the proponent of the said project, oriented the faculty researchers of Eastern Visayas State University on the main principles, key components, various scales, and ecological framework that Low Impact Development provides for the social, economic and environmental health of the surroundings through a webinar on “Low Impact Development, Green Infrastructure, and Nature-based Solutions” on October 19, 2021 via zoom.

The webinar further focused on how LID principles and practices could address the impact of urbanization and climate change and how it will maximize the ecosystem services and could potentially maintain or even restore the hydraulic and ecological functions of the watersheds.

The webinar is an off-shoot of the project to create a team of researchers who will participate in the actual scope of work such as site analysis and data collection.

In an interview, Dr. Redillas said,” This will also capacitate the faculty and students of EVSU in the conduct of similar studies in the future.”

A round table discussion summed up the activity that resulted to the conceptualization of another project with a tentative title: “Application of Stormwater Management Model with Low-Impact Development (LID) Strategies for Sustainable Urban Drainage and Flood Control”.

The team assigned Engr. Lilian Lerios to lead Group 1 on “Rainfall Disaggregation Studies” while Dr. Marla Redillas will handle Group 2 on the “LID Modelling Studies”.

The key officials of the Office of Research and Extension Services and the College of Engineering also attended the said webinar.