Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Feature | Needless to say, the world may have transitioned to a whole new era triggered by the events of CoViD-19 global health crisis. Most considered the term “new normal”, with countries moving along the introduction of mechanisms and technologies in the hope of propelling the stagnated usual business. Experts have recognized that these changes might affect the future of a post-CoViD-19 world.

On November 25, Isabela State University (ISU) has joined a three-day virtual international discussion hosted by Korea Innovation Foundation to talk about the socioeconomic changes in the CoViD-19 crisis event and the different initiatives of the academe, government, and other sectors in addressing service and operation continuity amid concern on the health crisis.

The international workshop was themed “CoViD-19 and Sustainable Innovation Community”, and centered on two main sessions: (1) Disease Control and (2) Socioeconomic Response- in which participants discussed response plans on the regional, national, and social levels.

The Korea Innovation Foundation (previously known as INNOPOLIS Foundation), recognizes the need to establish innovative future policies in anticipation of the post-COVID-19 era, and appreciates the need for cooperation at a global scale.

ISU President Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino presented, under the workshop’s second session on Socioeconomic Response, the University’s commitment on the efforts of the local and provincial government in battling back-to-back health crisis and the recent prevailing inclement weather conditions- thru the development and transfer of various innovative technologies.

The HealthGuard PH has been regionally praised for its innovative contribution in the systematic information management of contact tracing. It was developed by the Business Intelligence Research and Development Center (BIRDC) of the University housed at ISU-Cauayan Campus. The system has been firmly supported by the Office of Civil Defense- Region 02, having had the latter’s “Region 02 Zoning Concept” integrated to its system interface.

The system has been proved efficient and operational after its successful pilot implementation in City of Ilagan, and since then various LGUs in the region signified interest to adopt for local implementation. The Provincial Government of Quirino is the recent beneficiary of the system, being the first in the region to implement in a provincial level.

It is also being eyed to evolve as another innovative breakthrough- Project ODeSSEE, or “Optimization of Decision Support E- System for Preemptive Evacuation”, is underway development thru the funding support of Department of Science and Technology- Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

It will operate side-by-side HealthGuard data on CoViD affected areas to generate alternative evacuation areas for flood disaster to prevent spread of the virus.

In addition to these, the University transferred its developed support systems “E-Pass” to the Philippine National Police- Region 02 to digitize access and issuance of travel pass and related CoViD-Shield documents.

The system is synced with databases of respective municipal health offices to immediately provide information needed to issue travel authorities, supportive to the policy on minimizing physical transactions.


Reference from:| Korea Innovation Foundation