MANILA – Camera drones have grown popular for taking scenic photos from the bird’s eye view, but one company is using this technology to aid in disaster resilience and rehabilitation.
Matthew Cua of SkyEye Drone and UAV Services on Tuesday said the company, which started as a 2009 school project, works on “anything disaster-oriented, man-made or natural-made.”
He shared that his group took lessons from when the Philippines was left devastated by major disasters such as Supertyphoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and earthquakes.
“We can use drones to make sure that we locate people at the right places, that we do not put them in higher-risk areas. We’re able to use drone imagery to coordinate the humanitarian effort,” he told ANC’s Cathy Yang on the sidelines of the Forbes Under 30 summit.
The company is also helping in the damage assessment and preparations for rehabilitation efforts in war-torn Marawi City.