With less than a week to go, Secretary Renato U. Solidum Jr. of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) provided a great preview of what the public would expect from the 2022 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration.

In recent months, there were parts of the country that have experienced great devastation caused by the onslaught of Typhoon Paeng in Visayas and Mindanao as well as several earthquake incidents in the Ilocos Region.

According to the United Nations, by 2030, or eight years from now, half of the world’s population will be living in coastal communities. These are the people who will be exposed to tsunamis, storm surges, and flooding. In the case of the Philippines, 66 out of 81 provinces, or 81% are exposed to tsunamis. It covers 832 coastal municipalities and 25 coastal cities or 62% of the Philippine population are in coastal municipalities and cities.