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PIA Press Release
Friday, January 27, 2012


DOST joins Climate Change Summit

by Benjie S. de Yro and Patricino Lechuga

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, January 27 (PIA) -- At least three representatives from the Department of Science and Technology attended the first regionwide summit on climate change at the Isabela Provincial Capitol, January 13.

DOST Assistant Director Sancho Mabborang was joined by Patrocino Lechuga and Anthony Abella of the Technical Operation Services Division.

The summit which was organized and sponsored by the Provincial government of Isabela led by Governor Faustino G. Dy III was attended by a multi-sectoral group in the province where several speakers shared their expertise on climate change concerns.

Director Mabborang reported that the Governor expressed surprise at the disastrous effects of what seem to be a harmless downpour.

“The summit brought valuable insights on the issue of flood control and impact mitigation measures in the face of the climate change effects,” Mabborang said.

Engineer Leo Bunag of DOST-PAGASA Tuguegarao City presented directives on the Magat Release Protocol. He also presented the climate forecast until May 2012, including climate Trends Projection in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Engineer Florentino Banigued Jr., Dam and Reservoir Manager of the National Irrigation Administration in Mariis, Ramon, Isabela provided insights on the scope of management and operations of Magat Dam water release protocol, the early beginnings of the dam, and its role in the mitigation measures against floods in Isabela.

A designed paper on the Development of Flood Forecasting and Early Warning System for Cagayan Valley was likewise shared by DENR Regional Executive Director Benjamin Tumaliuan while Bert Perters, an expert from the Cabiokid Incorporated of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija talked on flood control and mitigation through permaculture.

At least 300 participants attended the summit from the academe, NGOs, NGAs, local government units and the media and they were grouped to prepare their respective flood control and mitigation plans. (TCB/BSY/PLPIA2)

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