University of the Philippines Los Baños

BellBottle

 

Dr. David Manalo (2nd fr left) proudly displays his award plaque. With him are His Excellency Josef Mulluer,
Ambassador of Austria to the Philippines; Dr. Florentino Monsalud, director of the ASC-FSSRI; Dr. Manalo’s
wife Pacita; and Ms. Lisa Koscak, commercial counsellor of the Austrian Embassy. (Photo courtesy of ASC/FSSRI)

 

A simple and low-cost early warning system (EWS) for communities that face heightened risks of landslides especially during heavy rains has won yet another international prize.

“Bell and Bottle: Low cost EWS for landslide-prone communities in remote areas,” a technology developed by Dr. David Manalo, a university researcher at the Farming Systems and Soil Resources Institute (FSSRI) of the Agricultural Systems Cluster was one of two projects that the Energy Globe Foundation named in its 2015 National Award for the Philippines. This award is referred to as the largest and most important environmental prize in the world.

In 2009, this project had won in the challenge “to come up with an idea in local communities to help save the planet and people from the effects of climate change” posed in the Ninth Global Development Marketplace sponsored by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Danish MFA), and the World Bank (WB) Institute.

The Energy Globe Foundation cited Manalo’s Bell and Bottle innovation which is used as an EWS for hard-to-reach landslide-prone communities. The foundation recognized how people were trained to use the EWS.

The Bell and the Bottle EWS has saved no less than 20 villages where no casualties were reported since the project was implemented.

Over 170 countries participated in this year’s awards with over 1,500 project submissions.

The two winners received a certificate from the Energy Globe Foundation signed by the foundation’s Jury chairperson Maneka Gandhi and Energy Globe’s founder Wolfgang Neumann. The Energy Globe Foundation was founded by Wolfgang Neumann, an Austrian energy pioneer. The awards given by the foundation focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy. (with report from http://www.goodnewspilipinas.com/)