eSalba now in service for Marinduque locals

Marinduque locals will now have a better and modern means of preparing for health outbreaks and hazards, thanks to the community launching of eSalba, an early warning and communication tool for disaster preparedness.

Last September 18, the mobile and web-based eSalba system was handed over by technology developer lead Dr. Delia Senoro and her team from Mapua University through a symbolic Health Vulnerability Index map to Mr. Russel Madrigal, representative and consultant of Marinduque Governor Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr.

Turnover of Marinduque HVI Map to Mr. Russel Madrigal during the eSalba launching last September 18, 2020, at Boac, Marinduque

By showing residents and responders an overview of barangays most vulnerable to health-related hazards through its health vulnerability map, the eSalba allows communities to prepare with sufficient time to avoid harm, threats to health, and casualties,” said Dr. Senoro.

Funded by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD), the eSalba system is a product of a larger program called D-HIVE (Development of Health Index: Vulnerability to Extreme Environmental Events) for Marinduque Island under the Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR-CCA) research program.

Through stakeholder engagement, we empower communities and instill in them a sense of ownership to the project toward sustained efforts in transforming lives and communities for the better,” said Dr. Jaime C. Montoya, PCHRD Executive Director in a response message delivered by Ms. Merlita M. Opeña, Division Chief of Research, Information, Communication and Utilization Division of PCHRD.

The eSalba system is also designed to aid emergency responders in making decisions during disasters and help prepare the local government unit for health monitoring, route planning, defining optimal evacuation policies, and adaptation measures.

The application allows locals to easily self-report hazards and incidents to authorities, allowing quicker and more coordinated disaster response of LGUs as it provides locations of reporters, responders, evacuation and health centers in the community.

The eSalba system was developed by Mapua University researchers in collaboration with Marinduque State College and in consultation with the local residents of Marinduque. After the launching in the said island, the D-HIVE team plans to upscale its research initiatives and data collection to the whole of Region IVB, disseminating the tool to more LGUs in MIMAROPA region.