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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 13, 2012

 

DOST stresses importance of weather monitoring facilities

by Aurora J. Casimpan

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Jan 13 (PIA) –- Eastern Visayas has been identified as an area considered very vulnerable to natural calamities.

Because of the region’s vulnerability, the Department of Science and Technology has suggested that all local government units (LGUs)in the region acquire automatic weather monitoring facilities to boost its disaster preparedness program.

A report from the DOST said that all provinces in Eastern Visayas have at least one unit of automatic rain gauge (ARG) while automatic weather systems (AWS) and water sensors are installed in some selected areas.

DOST regional information officer Florentino Quiñones said that the office is willing to help in the installation and provide technical assistance should an LGU avail of the recommended installation of the technologies.

Quiñones said that each facility costs around P 100,000 to P 200,000. He added that weather monitoring systems should be set up in areas far from capital cities and towns which have said facilities.

Quiñones disclosed that Eastern Visayas was given 10 units of systems which were set up in Guiuan Eastern Samar; Catbalogan City, Samar; Maasin City, Saint Bernard town, both in Southern Leyte; and Tacloban City, Leyte. The AWS measures temperature, volume of rainfall, pressure, and wind speed.

DOST installed two water level sensors in flood prone areas of Saint Bernard town in November 2011 while PAGASA installed the gauges in all provincial capitals in the region is being used by meteorologist and hydrologist to measure precipitation in a certain amount of time.

With installed ARG, AWS or water level sensors, local governments would find it easier to warn residents since such technologies reveal more specific data gathered in the locality.

Quiñones explained that through said technologies, real-time data can be accessed by local officials through the internet. He further said that the devices although unmanned, measure weather-related factors and transmit data remotely every 15 minutes to a server based in the main office of DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute. (PIA-8)

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