Batangas State University’s Team SIGAW (Solar-Powered Isotropic Generator of Acoustic Wave) proved excellence in humanitarian service as it bagged the Special Recognition Group Category in the 20th National Gawad KALASAG Search for Excellence in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) and Humanitarian Assistance on December 4 at the AFP Theater, Quezon City.
Organized by the Office of Civil Defense – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the Gawad KALASAG (KAlamidad at Sakuna LAbanan SAriling Galing ang Kaligtasan) is an annual awarding ceremony for significant initiatives in the promotion and advancement of DRRM in the country.
This year’s ceremony was graced by NDRRMC Chairperson and National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzaga, as the guest of honor and speaker, who led the conferment of GK national awards together with NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator Usec. Ricardo B. Jalad and Department of Interior and Local Government Assistant Secretary Manuel B. Felix.
BatStateU President Dr. Tirso A. Ronquillo and Vice President for Research, Development and Extension Services Engr. Albertson D. Amante received the award on behalf of the project team composed of Emmanuel Bobis, Eugene Ereño, and Carlito Mayo.
Committed to develop high-impact researches for the community, SIGAW was designed and developed as a tsunami early warning device for seaside communities. In 2015, the university started the installation of 17 units of SIGAW units in the province of Batangas.
Aside from SIGAW, BatStateU Tactical Operative Amphibious Drive (TOAD) team was also a recipient of the same award in the 18th Gawad KALASAG National Awards for the development of a Filipino amphibious vehicle for emergency responses.