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  2. An innovation that could have saved friends and relatives in the Philippines, We can’t afford to wait until another HIT!
    Life-saving invention could have saved lives
    It was September 2009 and Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) brought with it torrential rains. Waters rose to as high as ten feet and urban Manila was submerged in minutes. Cars floated and became deadly torpedoes to anything on its path--humans, other cars, infrastructure.
    Danvic Briones watched television, transfixed, unable to tear his eyes away from the carnage of Ondoy. He saw a family of five on top of a roof floating on flood waters. A wave came and engulfed the family, it crested and fell, revealing only one member remaining. This vision stayed with him. He thought of his family. What if it happens to them?
    He knew about preparation. Being of Mormon background, he was aware of the idea of emergency preparedness. But this was a flood, rising so fast it leaves no time for thinking. He knew he needed a vest. But what about food, water, clothing?
    He had an idea.
    He knew of life vests, he knew of compartments, but not a combination of both -- and never for emergency preparedness. He then started his journey.
    It took him two years and several prototypes. Being an artist, he can design, but he did not know the first thing about sewing a bag or a vest. Manufacturers told him it was not possible -- too expensive, too time-consuming, not interesting, won’t work, can’t be done.
    But he believed in his idea and did not give up until he saw it come to life. In 2011, he launched the product he called the Rescue72 Vest Bag and began raising the consciousness of many about its need. The product was tested and is effective. If given the opportunity, Rescue 72 could have been the lifeline needed during Typhoon Haiyan, which took 10,000 lives. But Danvic Briones never had the opportunity to expose his product where it would have garnered international attention – the U.S.
    Danvic overstayed an earlier visit to the U.S. and was forced to return to the Philippines. In 2011, he had the chance to emigrate to Canada. At least that was close. But not close enough.
    Canada was unfamiliar with such disasters that struck the Philippines and thus lukewarm to his invention. The U.S., with its experiences of hurricanes Katrina in New Orleans and Sandy in New York and New Jersey, was all too familiar with the havoc such a storm can cause.
    This life-saving invention is one of several that could save lives in disasters that are inevitable. Producing clean water, green, mobile-powered regeneration, new ways of handling food supplies, renovated containers and shelters warning sensors and other creative ideas with a sense of social awareness can improve the future for millions of others.
    A conference organized by the Asian Heritage Society and government agencies will invite worldwide talents like Danvic to meet with like-minded innovators, share ideas, exchange and update the technologies, and learn about valuable American markets and how to obtain new-found governmental support. Call 619-521-8008 rosalynn.carmen@gmail.com (5 photos)

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