DOST to LGUs: Invest in DRRM facilities

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:10 AM    Views : 412by:Elsa S. Subong

ILOILO CITY, 22 Jan (PIA6) -- The Department of Science and Technology-6 (DOST) said that it is hoping the local government units will be investing more in disaster risk reduction and management with the equipment it is giving through numerous projects.

"The equipment are not very expensive, as one investment can connect to different facilities," DOST Regional Director Rowen Gelonga said.

Under the Deployment of Early Warning Systems (DEWS), the DOST and its partner, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), is the installation of hydro meteorological devices (hydromets), such as Automated Rain Gauge, and Water Level Monitoring System.

These devices are in different river systems and secondary tributaries to provide data that are necessary to save lives and properties.

These are complemented by early warning system consisting of  sirens and beacons installed in flood- prone areas.

The DOST said that the use of sirens and beacons is among the best global practices in alerting communities of hazards.

Director Gelonga said that to date, the DOST had installed more than 150 hydromet stations in Western Visayas under the DEWS Project.

"These stations can be monitored through the locally developed Bantay Panahon web-based monitoring tool which was designed specifically for Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officers of the LGUs complementing the early warning system in their communities," Gelonga said.

Gelonga reiterated his invitation to the LGUs to invent in the department sensors as this will be connected to the DOST grid where there is no need to come up with a lot of networks.

He further said that DOST will still be discussing with various stakeholders on what projects can be undertaken in the different DRRM units.

In a recent focus group discussion with partners and other stakeholders, Director Gelonga said feedbacks they gathered will help much in the many projects the department would be implementing this year.  (EJSC/SS/PIA6 Iloilo)   


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