BY: JOHNY S. NATAD
BUTUAN CITY, July 2 (PIA) — The Department of Science and Technology – Caraga (DOST-13) bared their readiness in the event of disaster that may occur in Caraga region.
In a press conference held in line with the celebration of the National Disaster Consciousness Month, DOST-Caraga Regional Director Dominga Mallonga revealed that the department has institutionalized its disaster risk reduction management system in the region composed of its attached agencies like the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
Mallonga said that the full operation of project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) helps mitigate impending threat of disaster since the project has different component equipment useful in issuing timely warnings.
“The project NOAH has installed 63 units of Automatic Rain Gauge (ARG) and Automatic Water Level Management Sensor (AWLMS) throughout 18 priority river basin in the region to catch and record information about the rainfall level and the water level, which are very important data that need to be gathered from critical areas to mitigate flooding,” she added.
Mallonga said that the DOST-Caraga has also launched another project in cooperation with University of the Philippines called Light Detection and Ranging or LiDAR which creates topographic datasets of Caraga to map-out flood hazard areas in the region. “The DOST-Caraga has also established Doppler Radar in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur that help improved the timeliness and accuracy in the delivery of weather forecasts of PAGASA to the public.”
Meanwhile, Mallonga emphasized that disaster mitigation is not only the role of the government but it is also the concern of everybody especially in balancing the environmental and economic factors of the society.
“It is very vital that the environmental considerations should be balance and harmonize with the economic activities since these two indispensable aspects must go together so that people will not suffer on whatever negative impacts if one of these aspects will be abused,” Mallonga said. (FEA/JSN/PIA-Caraga)