By: Leonard T. Pineda I
Philippine Information Agency
Wednesday 23rd of October 2013
ILOILO CITY, Oct. 23 (PIA6) — Western Visayas is one regions in the country that is benefitting from the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation or DREAM project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
The DREAM project is part of DOST’s Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH, the country’s flagship program in disaster mitigation.
DOST Assistant Secretary for Strategic Plans and Programs Engr. Robert Dizon said that through the DREAM project, high resolution and three-dimensional maps are being generated using state-of-the-art Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) technology.
The LIDAR technology will create reliable, detailed, and up-to-date flood models of the country’s 18 major river basins including Ilog-Hilabangan in Negros Occidental, Panay River in Capiz, and Jalaur River in Iloilo.
On one hand, a state-of-the-art Doppler radar station of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in Iloilo City is being constructed.
The weather facility is being built at the Department of Agriculture – Western Visayas Agriculture and Research Consortium (DA-WESVIARC) compound in Brgy. Hamungaya, Jaro district here.
According to PAGASA Regional Services Division-Visayas, the Doppler radar can help detect the location of a typhoon every 15 minutes and it can provide a specific and more accurate weather forecasting for Western Visayas.
The radar covers the whole Western Visayas and parts of Palawan.
Meanwhile, DOST-6 Senior Research Analyst Ardean Tillo said that 26 state-of-the-art monitoring equipment including automated rain gauge (ARG), water level monitoring stations (WLMS), and TANDEM (ARG with WLMS) have been installed in Capiz, Iloilo, Kabankalan in Negros Occidental, and Aklan.
Tillo said that DOST, in cooperation with partner agencies, has conducted orientations and workshops on the use of the monitoring equipment to local government units.
The DOST said that all DREAM’s flood models will be incorporated into the Project NOAH website and shall complement the flagship disaster program’s advanced tools for hazard mitigation, making the six-hour early warning target for communities at risk a reality. (JSC/LTP-PIA6 Iloilo)