The Department of Science and Technology, through the Metals Industry Research and Development Center, implemented a project entitled, “Improvement of Flood Control Facility through the Development of Automatic Trash Rake (ATR).” This initiative is DOST’s active response to President Benigno S. Aquino’s pronouncement that the DOST is a possible provider of alternative technology to solve the flooding problems in the country.
From left: Mayor Herbert M. Bautista, DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo, DOST Assistant Sec. and MIRDC OIC Robert O. Dizon, and MIRDC Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development Jonathan Q. Puerto for the press release and lauching of the ATR at Quezon City Hall Compound, Diliman, Quezon City on Dec. 2, 2014.
After its successful completion, the ATR was launched on Dec. 2, 2014 through the coordination of the MIRDC’s Technology Information and Promotion Section (TIPS). Engr. Robert O. Dizon, Assistant Secretary of the DOST and Officer- in-Charge of MIRDC stated in his opening remarks that the DOST-MIRDC is here as part of the solution. According to the ATR Project Leader Engr. Gharry M. Bathan, the rate of collection of wastes by the automatic trash rake is 3.8 cu.m. per 8 hour-shift which is best achieved during rainy seasons. DOST Secretary Mario G. Montejo and Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista delivered partnership statements and expressed cooperation for the further success of the project. “Hopefully this mechanized trash collector will minimize the clogging of rivers, canals and esteros” Sec. Montejo said in his message. DOST-MIRDC’s Deputy Executive Director for Research and Development Engr. Jonathan Q. Puerto gave the closing remarks and expressed thanks to the Quezon City LGU for hosting the launching of the activity. Finally, the project team gave a demonstration of the ATR at the project site located at Balingasa Creek along Gregorio Araneta Ave. corner Mauban St., Quezon City.
DOST Secretary Montejo and Mayor Bautista view the scale model of the ATR during the ceremonial turnover of the equipment to the QC LGU.
Mayor Herbert M. Bautista answers queries of the press people present during the activity.