By Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat
Tuesday 2nd of July 2013
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 2 (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 10 through the Philippine Information Agency’s ‘Talakayan sa PIA’ on Monday, reminded the public to visit the NOAH website www.noah.dost.gov.ph to get comprehensive weather update.
Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH is the DOST’s response to the call of President Benigno S. Aquino III for a more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system, especially in high-risk areas throughout the Philippines.
In the region, director Alfonso Alamban cited that DOST has already installed automated rain gauges and automatic water level sensors in major river systems in Iligan, Cagayan de Oro, Tagoloan, Gingoog and Bukidnon as part of project NOAH.
These instruments will help determine the strength of the rain and transmits reading on the water level of these river basins, added director Alamban.
Further, these data are then fed into the NOAH website, which will be shared with local government units specifically the Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (LDRRMC) as baseline for implementing safety procedures in their respective barangays.
The DOST as vice-chair for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation in the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC-10) here is tasked to make sure that warnings and advisories for incoming typhoons or floods are disseminated for public information through NOAH website, texts and other social media.
According to Director Alamban, they can provide warnings and advisories approximately five days to six hours prior to any typhoon or flooding here in the region.
This process includes information from satellite readings specifically coming from the pacific ocean five days prior any typhoon, in three to four days, doppler radar will then provide data on how intense the typhoon will be; in two to three days, the rain gauge will then tell the intensity of the rain and lastly six hours before reaching the area, the water level sensor will determine if rivers will be flooding. This time they can tell if residents near river beds will need to get out or relocate on higher grounds.
He also cited that this was also the preparation during the typhoon ‘Pablo’ last year that is why there were no casualties in the city and the region.
According to Ana Cañeda, director of the Office of Civil Defense (OCD-10) and chairperson of the RDRRMC-10 that response starts in the dissemination of warnings and advisories to prevent casualties and damages. She added that one life lost is priceless. (JMOR/PIA10)