/ 6 January 2021

THE ISABELA State University and the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development inked an agreement that will pave the way to the development of an innovative protocol for the release of water in Magat Dam.

Based on the report of the ISU-E TODAY, a Facebook page that posts news and updates about the university, the  memorandum of agreement was signed following the recent floodings in Cagayan region and Isabela last month.

ISU said that it will implement its “Integrated Flood and Water Resources Management in the ASEAN Basins for Sustainable Development” project which was conceptualized in 2019 in partnership with Kyoto University in Japan.

“In 2019, ISU officials led by University President Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino went to Kyoto University in Japan to discuss possible academic and research exchange and collaboration in light of disaster preparedness in which the DOST-R02 funded the travel expenses of ISU officials,” ISU-E TODAY said on Facebook.

“The mutual consultation between ISU and Kyoto University led to the conduct of the project: Integrated Flood and Water Resources Management in the ASEAN Basins for Sustainable Development,” it added.

The DOST-PCIEERD allotted P14,773,600 for the project which will be used for two years.

“The two parties will likewise conduct a study on the effects of climate change and land-use changes on water resources in the river basin, identify solutions addressing integrated river basin management for disaster risk reduction and resilience, and undertake capacity building and technology transfer initiatives,” ISU-E said.