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 will improve reporting mechanisms between affected communities and humanitarian organizations (Ilocos Center for Research, Empowerment and Development – Ilocos Norte, Region 1)
  • Typhoon and Earthquake Resilient Shelter – a resilient shelter design based on indigenous architecture (Sangir ti Urnos dagiti Mannalon iti Probinsya ti Ilocos Sur – Ilocos Sur, Region 1)
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response Interactive Game App – a mobile app for young people that uses multiple educational materials on disaster preparedness (Tulong Kabataan Volunteers Network-Ilocos – Ilocos Sur, Region 1)
  • Community-Led Disaster Risk Reduction and Management – a system for skills transfer and mentorship for disaster preparedness organizations (Alay Bayan-Luson, Inc. – La Union, Region 1)
  • Daig Daluyong – a multi-layer surge barrier that will reduce the impact of tsunami and storm surge to coastal communities (Millennium Wave Breakers – Pangasinan, Region 1)
  • KUBO: The Disaster Relief House – a modular and eco-friendly temporary shelter that is easy to transport and assemble (3Build – Isabela, Region 2)
  • Cultural and Creative Clinic – theater arts and transfer of indigenous knowledge for children and youth in mining-affected areas (Dap-ayan Ti Kultura Ti Kordilyera – Benguet, CAR)
  • Foresight – a 3D disaster preparedness strategy board game that will teach children and youth life skills and knowledge on disaster preparedness (Plot and Play – Benguet, CAR)
  • Pine Forest Management – documenting indigenous practices on pine forest management to support disaster mitigation (Batil-ang Peypeyan Clan Council – Mt. Province, CAR)
  • Revitalizing Camote Production – community-based production of trichoderma to restore camote production for disaster-resilient communities (Ifugao Peasant Movement – Mt. Province, CAR)
  • Ligtas Pad – light-based participatory 3D mapping that uses local materials and gamification for disaster preparedness education (Prod.jx Artist Community – Aurora, Region 3)
  • Mainstreaming Disability-Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction and Management – participatory and inclusive disaster risk management to empower persons with disabilities (Foundation for These Abled Persons, Inc. (FTI) – Nueva Ecija, Region 3)
  • Floating Agriculture Towards Resilient Livelihood – a system that uses floating agriculture in frequently flooded coastal communities to address food insecurity during disasters (Center for Emergency Aid and Rehabilitation, Inc. (CONCERN) – Pampanga, Region 3)
  • Disaster Preparedness Simulator – a virtual reality app that allows users to experience and learn from disaster scenarios (Ania Design Lab – Manila City, NCR)
  • FLAREMOB – a mobile app and web system for typhoon and flood prediction, guidance and disaster response in flood-prone areas (Technological Institute of the Philippines, Marikina City, NCR)
  • Civil Defense: The Humanitarian Crisis Response Game – disaster resilience education using creative and interactive learning tools, such as board and card games (Francis Josef C. Gasgonia – Taguig City, NCR)
  • WatchMe – a GPS tracking device for school children to provide active location tracking during emergencies and disasters (Xtelent Outsourcing, Inc. – Taguig City, NCR)
  • Disaster Preparedness for Deaf Learners – instructional materials on disaster risk reduction for deaf learners to support inclusive education (ReDEAFine Rizal, Region 4A)
  • Household Rainwater Collection and Filtration System – a low-cost rainwater collection system for vulnerable households during emergencies (Pluvia – Laguna, Region 4A)
  • Enhancing Indigenous Food Source Management – documenting and improving traditional food source management practices of small-island Tagbanwa communities for disaster preparedness (The Samdhana Institute – Coron, Palawan, Region 4B)
  • Mobile Water Treatment Facility for Disaster Response – a solar-powered, compact equipment that filters water from different sources (VIQUA Water Care Solutions, Iloilo, Region 6)
  • Bottle-Net Life Jacket – a personal floatation device made from fishing net and plastic bottles (Carlos Hilado Memorial State College DRRM TeamNegros Occidental, Region 6)
  • Pool of Indigenous Young People for Disaster Preparedness – Building a pool of trained Panay-Bukidnon youth to develop youth-centered and culture-sensitive humanitarian mechanisms (Scherz Indigenous Creations Enterprises, Capiz, Region 6)
  • Project MAPA – participatory and inclusive 3D mapping to enhance community disaster preparedness and resiliency (A2D Project-Research Group for Alternatives to Development, Inc. – Cebu, Region 7)
  • Intelligent Flood Warning and Monitoring System – A flood warning system that uses sensors to send real-time alerts (TECH4DRRM – Cebu, Region 7)
  • RE-Serve Humanitarian Corps and Solar Tekpaks – renewable energy technology is integrated with community disaster preparedness and response strategies (Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities – Leyte, Region 8)
  • Museo Bayanihan – a collaborative digital museum for students and communities to share stories from survivors and educational resources made by teachers (Habi Education Lab – Eastern Samar, Region 8)
  • Two-Way Communication Technologies for Disasters – an emergency network that uses effective and reliable two-way radio technology to build resilience of communities (Emergency Media and Communications Team of Peace and Conflict Journalism Network (PECOJON)Eastern Samar, Region 8)
  • Bakwit Kit – a flat-packed evacuation kit for easy transportation and set-up, which could also fit evacuation essentials (DesignNovators from Philippine Institute of Interior Designers-Eastern Visayas Chapter – Tacloban City, Region 8)
  • Solar-powered, disaster survival information and communication network – an information and communication network facility for vulnerable coastal communities in times of disasters (Solar-Powered Survival Kit Team – Tacloban City, Region 8)
  • The DisP(on)ER – D’Bag – a weather-proof emergency bag that can used for multiple purposes, such as a floater or tent (I AM MAD (Making A Difference) Inc. – Zamboanga City, Region 9)
  • Popularizing Indigenous Early Warning Systems – documenting and popularizing indigenous knowledge on early warning for disaster risk reduction (Success Initiatives, Inc., Region 10, Iligan City)
  • Bamboo River Embankment – a bamboo dike embankment to mitigate the impact of frequent flooding and soil erosion (Child Alert Mindanao, Inc. – Davao Oriental, Region 11)
  • Matigam Kaw Iso: Mandaya Children’s Active Participation – encouraging participation of children from hazard-prone, indigenous people communities in disaster risk management through a child-to-child approach (Interfaith Services Foundation Inc. – Davao Oriental, Region 11)
  • FIRST Datal Ligaw – Formulating Innovative Resiliency Solutions for T’bolis of Datal Ligaw will develop a value-centered, culturally-sensitive disaster risk reduction program and manual (Foundation for Rural Electrification for Economic Development (FREED) / Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines – South Cotabato, Region 12)
  • Disaster Resiliency Fund – a community-managed, savings program for disaster preparedness activities of coastal communities (Advocates for Social Protection and Innovation for Resilient Ecology (ASPIRE) – Surigao del Norte, Region 13)
  • PINDOT – People’s Initiative and Involvement in the Development of Technology is an offline mobile application for emergency reporting, information sharing, and mapping of vulnerable families (PINDOT – Surigao del Sur, Region 13)
  • Promoting Cultural Innovation for Increased Resilience of Children – facilitating peace modules and cultural exchange to support the recovery of children affected by armed conflict (Team KaSaMa of Just Projects Philippines Foundation – Maguindanao, ARMM)
  • Growing Food, Saving Lives – uses urban gardening as an approach to community building and coping with post-disaster trauma among internally displaced persons (IDPs) from Marawi City (Kalimudan sa Ranao Foundation, Inc., Marawi City, ARMM)
  • Early Warning and Response Mechanisms for Armed Conflict – A community-based mechanism to prevent and mitigate impact of armed conflict and other human-induced disasters (UNYPAD – Relief Assistance Network and Organization, Inc.Lanao del Sur, ARMM)

The selected innovation teams come from different backgrounds, including high school students, women with disabilities, and indigenous people. Most of them got their disaster preparedness ideas from their experience during Super Typhoon Yolanda, the Marawi Siege, and recent disasters.

The Philippines TUKLAS Innovation Labs is implemented by a consortium of four non-government organizations—Plan International, Action Against Hunger, CARE Philippines, and the Citizen’s Disaster Response Center. It is part of the Disaster and Emergency Preparedness Program (DEPP) Innovation Labs, a global network of labs funded by UK aid, and co-managed by Start and CDAC Networks.