TUKLAS aids response to strongest storm in PH this year

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Typhoon Mangkhut (local name: Ompong) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday, September 14, afternoon, with winds of 230 kilometers per hour (142 mph). According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), this is the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year.1   Extensive damage More than 1.4 million people were affected by Typhoon Mangkhut in Luzon, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. “The winds were stronger than Typhoon Lawin and it lasted longer. Lawin came in around the same time but winds were gone by morning. This one howled for…

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The Museum of Disaster Preparedness

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In Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the town where Typhoon Haiyan first made landfall in the Philippines, young people, teachers and community members gather to share their stories of survival, resilience and disaster preparedness. The typhoon, one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded, slammed into the Philippines in November 2013, causing widespread devastation and leaving a lasting impact on those affected. Their stories will form part of MuseoBayanihan — a collaborative digital resource for students and communities to access stories from survivors and educational materials made by teachers. Experts and scientists did not experience Typhoon Haiyan, we did,” says Natalie, 18….

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Rehashed Bootcamps: Implementing Haraya Sessions 2018

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Based on the original thinking of how TUKLAS Innovation Labs would work, the top innovators with their disruptive ideas from across our four community labs would be invited to a three-day proposal development and pitching boot camp. There they would further develop their concepts, connect with other entrepreneurs, and fully develop their business development plans (BDPs). Participants would also practice their “pitching” and “defending” skills, and receive feedback from peers and guests from private sector and academic representatives. However, TUKLAS opted to modify that original plan. During the Call for Ideas from September to November 2017, the TUKLAS team conducted…

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TUKLAS announces top disaster preparedness innovations

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  The Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs has selected its final 40 disaster preparedness innovations, after receiving more than 260 proposals from all 17 regions of the Philippines. Each selected innovation team will be provided with up to 1 million pesos in seed capital, training, and mentorship to test their disaster preparedness innovations from March to November 2018. TUKLAS, which is short for Tungo sa Kahandaan ng Pilipinas, is a community-centered innovation project that aims to support local solutions on disaster risk reduction and management. The final 40 innovations are as follows: Quik Data – a disaster response mobile app that…

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Women with disability, girls can be innovators!

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“There are only a few women and persons with disabilities in innovation, so being a part of TUKLAS Innovation Labs is a big opportunity,” says Lolita Gelle, a woman innovator with disability. “Women are greatly affected by disasters. This makes women innovators important since they represent the ideas and needs of women.” Less than 30% of people in science, technology, and innovation are women (OECD, 2017). The Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs strive to provide opportunities for women from all walks of life to become innovators. Today, women with disabilities, indigenous women, women farmers, and girl students are just some of…

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Supporting Humanitarian Innovations in the Philippines

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Although innovations in the humanitarian sector are not entirely new (1), there seems to be a need for the sector to become more adaptive to new processes and technologies, and reflect learning from past mistakes. “Transformation through Innovation” was one of the four key themes discussed during the 2016 World Humanitarian Summit because “it has been increasingly recognized that humanitarian action must keep pace with a rapidly changing world in order to effectively meet the needs of people (UN OCHA).” It is important to note that the widely celebrated innovations (2) come from humanitarian organizations and the well-to-do private sector, and…

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TUKLAS Call for Ideas 2017: Encouraging Every Filipino to innovate

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The TUKLAS Innovation Labs ran an extensive Call for Ideas from September 25 to November 30, 2017. We conducted information sessions, media work, writing workshops, coaching sessions, consultations, promotion among non-government organization (NGO) networks and various organizations, and provision of other forms of support for potential applicants. Materials were also translated to three major Filipino languages (Bisaya, Iloko, Tagalog) to maximize its reach. Print and online materials were also readily available.   As a result, we received 266 final proposal submissions from 88 provinces and highly urbanized cities – covering all 17 regions of the Philippines.     Looking back…

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List of Shortlisted Proposals for TUKLAS Innovation Labs

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We are happy to announce the list of shortlisted proposals! 72 were shortlisted from a total of 266 proposals submitted to TUKLAS Innovation Labs last November 2017. Shortlisted proposals feature innovative ideas that can help communities become better prepared for disasters. This includes products or systems that use indigenous practices, mobile applications, and renewable energy for disaster risk reduction and management. Proponents come from all 17 regions of the Philippines, and represent the youth, women, persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples, farmers, academe, and civil society organizations. Shortlisted proposals will undergo the next round of writeshops and expert review from December…

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Disaster Realities in Innovation Practice: Ideating with Communities

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This is a reflection piece is written by Kara Medina, Community Engagement Officer of TUKLAS Central and Southern Luzon Lab.   It was raining hard when we visited Narra, a town in the island of Palawan, last October 2017. With only a tarpaulin tent protecting us from the harsh weather, we listened to a cooperative of women farmers as they shared their experiences in times of disaster and the local creative solutions they hoped to see. We delved into the details of their challenges, and presented them with a possibility: what if these solutions could be explored in an innovative…

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Nationwide Search for Ideas on Disaster Preparedness

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A nationwide search for ideas on disaster preparedness has been launched to ignite ideas that could help alleviate the economic, environmental, and human costs of natural and human-created disasters in the Philippines. TUKLAS Innovation Labs, a community-centered innovation project, welcomes Filipinos from all walks of life to submit ideas to better prepare communities for disasters, including ideas to address the impacts of disease outbreaks and armed conflict.

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