Presidential Communications Operations Office



  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Wednesday, 20 September 2017 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
 
home
 
about
 
fotos
 
info
 
links
 
ncrr01carr02r03calmimr05r06r07r08r09r10r11r12r13
PBB Guidelines 2016
Click to Open
PIA Snapshot

120201-r6-goodjob
PIA Online
One Mindanao eNewsmagazine
One Visayas eNewsletter
One Luzon eNewsmagazine
ST@R eNewsmagazine
PIA Members Only:
PMIS | PANP Phone Directory
PIAEA Corner:
Application | View PIAEA Site
Special News Editions:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Ilocano.Waray.Hiligaynon
Pangasinan.Other
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
PIA News Archive:
English.Tagalog.Cebuano
Waray.Hiligaynon.Ilocano
Pangasinan.All
Information to Empower Filipinos
English NewsFoto ArchivesRegional WatchOFW Watch
FrontpageHeadlines by RegionNews ArchivePIA SpecialsICT News

PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 28, 2012

 

Feature: Public-private partnership boosts disaster mitigation efforts in WV

by Jaime S. Cabag, Jr.

ILOILO CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA6) -- The partnership between the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and telecommunications company SMART Communications is boosting the efforts of the government to reduce the risks and mitigate the effects of any disaster in Western Visayas.

The partnership recently enabled DOST 6 to obtain five Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG) from SMART during a turnover ceremony held recently here. SMART also handed in to DOST a donation of PhP345,000.00 to fund the installation of Automatic Water Level Sensors.

DOST Regional Director Engr. Rowen Gelonga said the equipment provided by the telecommunications company will be deployed by DOST for the Weather Monitoring System in the Tigum-Aganan River System in Iloilo, which was also “soft-launched” during the recent event here.

DOST is the vice chair of National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council for disaster prevention and mitigation.

Also involved in the partnership are the municipalities of Alimodian, San Miguel, Sta. Barbara, Pavia, Cabatuan and Maasin located along the Tigum-Aganan river systems.

The Tigum-Aganan river system project, which will be implemented this year, will involve the installation of 3 AWLS in the towns of Maasin and Pavia and in Jaro, Iloilo City as well as 2 ARGs, also in Maasin and Pavia.

An additional ARG will be established in the town of San Miguel along the Aganan River.

The three AWLS will be installed also along Aganan River in the towns of Alimodian, San Miguel and Sta. Barbara.

The equipment donated by SMART are an addition to weather monitoring gadgets already installed by the agency in the region, which consist of 12 Automated Weather Stations (AWS) and 10 ARGs.

The turnover and launching activities were graced by Iloilo City Congressman Jerry Trenas, Ramon Isberto, head of SMART Public Affairs Group, and municipal mayors led by Alimodian local chief executive Juanito Alipao, who chairs the Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Board.

Gelonga said the project is part of the national program involving the deployment of weather monitoring equipment in line with DOST’s efforts to assist in disaster risk reduction through real-time information about weather conditions especially in flood-prone areas.

The equipment donated by SMART and those already installed by DOST have certain weather monitoring capabilities.

Automated weather stations are monitoring stations equipped with different sensors capable of measuring the following: wind speed and direction; air temperature, humidity and pressure; and rainfall amount, duration and intensity.

On the other hand, ARGs are capable of gathering and recording the amount of rainfall over a set period of time and transmit these using telecommunications technology to DOST headquarters. Selected ARGs can measure air pressure.

AWLS will monitor the amount of rainfall as well as measure water level in the river system, in this case, at Tigum and Aganan rivers.

Earlier, the DOST 6 head said that when all of the equipment are fully operational particularly at the Tigum-Aganan river system, these can hopefully assist towards disaster preparedness during flooding and heavy rainfall.

On the part of SMART, Isberto said they are happy to partner with the DOST in order to help improve the disaster preparedness capabilities of the region.

“We are glad to be DOST6’s service provider of choice in making sure critical information like rainfall and river level data get collected and transmitted on time,” he said.

Iloilo has had experiences with disasters, including the devastating effects of typhoon “Frank” in 2008 which caused massive flooding in Iloilo and damaged properties and affected thousands of families. (JCM/JSC/PIA6)

Latest Stories
  • DOST project beneficiary produces biggest 'ulang' (R02)
  • Solar energy to light up 75 more houses in off-grid areas in NegOr (R07)
  • DA plans to use Mindanao program in Luzon (R11)
  • DSWD 1 marks its 61st anniversary celeb in February (R01)
  • 500 poor families get 'bags of blessing' (R06)
  • Close to 200 Negros Occidental police officers get promotion (R06)
  • NGO urges public to collect, propagate seeds to create native tree forests in CV (R07)
  • Police Information Officers receives commendation medals (R06)
  • DSWD brings Pantawid Pamilya program to Dumaguete City (R07)
  • LGU issues guidelines on use of municipal filling station (CAR)
  • NGO to hold free breast, cervical cancer screening (R07)
  • Aklan detainees trained on proper waste management (R06)
  • Hiligaynon news: DOLE 6 may bag-o nga direktor (R06)
  • Mangrove tree planting to highlight World Wetlands Day (R06)
  • Balikbayan finds ulang production profitable (R02)
  • Hiligaynon news: Impormasyon sa populasyon sa Iloilo nagapakita pagkinahanglan sa pagmanehar sing maayo (R06)
  • Various activities to mark World Wetlands Day in Iloilo (R06)
  • Tagalog News: Tapul Reef, ipinapadeklarang fish sanctuary (MIM)
  • Hiligaynon news: Alert Level sa Yemen napanubo sa level 2 – DFA (R06)
  • P118-M worth of Infra projects implemented by Dipolog in 2011 (R09)
    FotoCatalogSitestats  
    GOOD NEWS Series
    goodnews
    PIA Special Sites:

    ASEAN Philippines

    Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
    For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
    Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
    PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines