The leaders and staff of the Smart Water Infrastructure Management (SWIM) Program participated in the successful launching of the International Smart City Exposition and Networking Engagement (iSCENE) by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on March 23, 2023, at the Isabela Convention Center, Cauayan City, Isabela. This pioneering activity served as a platform to bring together local chief executives, government leaders, industry leaders, and business players for knowledge-sharing, connection-building, and network-building for the promotion and implementation of innovative solutions that would be crucial in the development of smarter and sustainable communities in the nation.
As part of the iSCENE 2023, the focal persons of the SWIM program took part in the breakout session which included discussions on the major components of the aforementioned program. During the breakout session, Dr. Lanie A. Alejo, Director of Water Research and Development Center (WReDC) of Isabela State University, elucidated the topic on smart water planning and management. Furthermore, Dr. Paul Mabborang, Project Leader of SWIM Project 2, explained the topic on integrated assessment and analysis of hydraulic assets for sustainable and resilient flood control infrastructure. On the other hand, Engr. Rudy U. Panganiban, Project Technical Assistant IV, represented the Project Leader of SWIM Project 3, Dr. Rafael J. Padre, in explicating the topic on smart urban water management. Afterwards, the Project Leader of SWIM Project 4, Engr. Israel Eraña, discussed the topic on smart water management for agriculture. In addition, Dr. Orlando F. Balderama, Vice President for Research and Development, Extension and Training, and the SWIM Program Leader, shared his profound knowledge about water security and resilience. After the breakout session, the participants from the different national agencies expressed their interest on the expected project outcomes of the SWIM Program.