This article was originally published by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on October 06, 2016.
BONTOC, Mountain Province, Oct.6 (DOST) – – Disaster managers of the various local government units (LGU) here are advised to use science-based tools to enhance their disaster prevention and mitigation programs.
DOST personnel gave the recommendation after conducting a Training on Science-Based Tools for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) attended by provincial and municipal disaster risk reduction and management officers as well as staff of other key offices involved in DRRM.
The training aims to capacitate LGUs for them to mainstream science-based tools towards efficient and effective disaster risk reduction and management.
Engineer Angel Maguen, Sr. Science Research Specialist of DOST regional office, introduced the various DOST programs, projects and activities as well as initiatives on DRRM including Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) and the Early Warning Systems (EWS).
Maguen said a total of 111 early warning systems such as Automatic Rain Gauge, Water Level Monitoring Station and Automatic Weather Station have been deployed in the whole region. He added that 15 Flood Warning and Alerting Stations are proposed to be put up in flood- prone municipalities of Abra, Apayao, Ifugao and Kalinga.
On the other hand, PAGASA Weather Station, Baguio City Chief Meteorological Officer Engr. Hilario Ezperanza discussed the DOST-PAGASA information products, rainfall measurements and typhoon tracking.
Participants were also presented with visualization tools and websites for the access and utilization of Hydromet sensors’ data on project NOAH and EWS.
Gary Pekas who represented Governor Bonifacio Lacwasan, Jr. underscored the importance of science-based tools and technology in DRRM even as he also stressed the need to train and equip DRRM officers so they come up with better disaster management programs for their respective communities.(JDP/ ABD- PIA CAR, Mountain Province)