BY: JOANNE NAMNAMA G. PARROCHA
Friday 6th of September 2013
SAN FERNANDO CITY, Sept 6 (PIA) – The Department of Science and Technology in the Ilocos will conduct an information education seminar on Project NOAH on September 19 at the Oasis Resort hotel here.
Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) is the agency’s response to the call of President Aquino’s for a more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system, especially in high-risk areas throughout the Philippines.
Angel Lyn Ortiz of DOST said the seminar will familiarize participants of the project’s role in disaster risk reduction and mediation activities, train participants on the use of Program NOAH tools, including navigation of the NOAH website.
It will likewise give participants basic knowledge on installation and maintenance of sensors and rain gauges including practical understanding of weather and earth sciences.
Event speakers include Nelia Tabliago from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD), Nivagine Nieveras and Raymond Ordinario both from DOST- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAG-ASA), Shanta Laura Velasquez of DOST- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), Rolly Rulete from SMART Developer Network, Irene Crisologo from University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences and Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, the project’s program leader.
Ortiz said 100 participants are expected to attend including representatives from regional line agencies, state universities and colleges (SUCs), higher education institutes and local government units (LGUs).
She said participants will become information multipliers after undergoing the seminar.
“We hope community leaders and local government officials will pass on what they have learned in their respective offices and municipalities,” said Ortiz. (MCA/JNP-PIA1 La Union)