18 June 2021, EVSU, Tacloban City — The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office No. 8 represented by the Regional Director Engr. Ernesto M. Granada and Provincial S&T Director of DOST Leyte Dr. John Glenn Ocaña, and the Eastern Visayas State University represented by its new President Dr. Dennis de Paz formalized its collaborative works on conduct of the ongoing study entitled: “A comprehensive analysis of the flooding problem in Palo, Leyte and nearby municipalities”, by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 18 June 2021 at EVSU, Tacloban City
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In its quest to become a research university, EVSU expressed support to provide opportunities to its faculty and students to engage in the iSTART Leyte Program, particularly, for the abovementioned study.

The Municipality of Palo Leyte has been experiencing disruptive flood occurrences over the years, thus, a need to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the flooding situation in Palo and nearby towns to determine possible causes of flooding in the areas and to, ultimately, recommend long-term solutions to address the problem.

With the MOU, DOST8 and EVSU, jointly pledge to extend their full cooperation and support to one another for the effective and efficient conduct of the study.

The study is an initiative of DOST Leyte, under the iSTART Program, which aims to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the flooding situation in the Municipality of Palo in the Province of Leyte.

Specifically, the study focuses on the following: 1] To undertake a desk review of previous flood-related and flood projects in the Municipality of Palo and its vicinity; 2] To assess a flooding problem, its causes, and the flooding situation in the area; 3] To conduct an on-site assessment and data gathering and establish the water balance; and, 4] To develop a Low-Impact Development (LID) system model using SWMM software for determining long-term solutions.

Present during the MOU signing were: VP for Research and Extension Services Dr. Maria Cristina Isiderio Caintic, new VP for Academic Affairs Dr. Lydia Morante, NAST Academician Dr. Alvin Culaba, and the Provincial S&T Director Dr. John Glenn Ocaña with the DOST Leyte personnel Ms. Darlene Lendero and Ms. Alexadra Magdales.