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iconNECt on “Introduction of a Green Approach for Preventing Shallow Landslides in the Philippines”

The University of the Philippines National Engineering Center (UPNEC) hosted an i-conNECt session on “Introduction of a Green Approach for Preventing Shallow Landslides in the Philippines” last 1 December 2023 at the NEC Audio Visual Room.    The seminar was offered to the public for free in partnership with Daisho Company Limited.  Opening remarks was given by a representative from DPWH CAR.   Resource speakers included IPA Directors Professor Tatsunori Matsumoto and Dr. Mark Albert Zarco, together with Dr. Shota Yoshida of Daisho Co. Ltd, and Dr. Xi Xiong of Kanazawa University. Also in attendance were Mr. Jiro Oshima, Senior Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippines Office, and Mr.Ryuichi Hara, JICE Technical Expert. The seminar was attended by more than 90 representatives from government, academe, and private sector.  The event was covered by the Daily Manila Shimbun. During the seminar, updates on a demonstration project in the Cordillera Administrative Region funded by JICA and implemented by Daisho Co. Ltd together with the Department of Public Works and Highway was presented.

Dr. Zarco spoke about Landslides in the Philippines.  Mr. Hara talked about slope disaster mitigation project provided by JICA in the Philippines.  Mr. Paragas of talked about Rockfall Slope Protection Systems.  Dr. Yoshida provided presentation on slope reinforcement technology that does not require cutting trees.  Prof. Emeritus Matsumoto lectured on the behavior of the slope ground during heavy rains.  Ms. Mimu Yoshida and Ryoei Kusumoto presented on the use of 3D data in slope disaster prevention.

The i-conNECt series of seminars/webinars aims to disseminate information and provide a venue for discussion among the industry, academe and the government on important issues affecting the nation. It aims to spread awareness about relevant topics in engineering and how they affect the lives of ordinary people.