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PIA Press Release
2010/09/16

DOST presents latest innovations on weather forecasting, flood monitoring, dengue prevention

Manila (16 September) -- The Department of Science and Technology recently presented its latest innovations in three critical areas, weather forecasting, flood monitoring and dengue prevention.

DOST Secretary happily informed the Malacanang Press on September 15 about the highly motivated DOST personnel who are all excited to contribute their talents in order to create innovations that will address the pressing needs of the people and that will have immediate impact on Filipinos.

Secretary Montejo who was accompanied by PAGASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Nats Servando and Advanced Science and Technology Institute Head (ASTI) Engr. Dennis Villorente, said that PAGASA is rolling out improvements on weather forecasting.

In addition to the 6 hour bulletins currently being practiced, PAGASA is now ready to issue hourly updates during typhoons.

PAGASA has likewise embarked on using additional models of forecasting to improve forecasting reliability. Showing graphs and digital models, PAGASA displayed how atmospheric pressure monitoring is now being used to supplement existing forecasting tools to track the probable paths of typhoons.

Secretary Montejo said that the innovations show the teamwork, creativity and resourcefulness of the PAGASA meteorologists. The innovations were done without spending additional billions of pesos.

The DOST through Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) is likewise ready to roll-out its automated flood monitoring system. Real-time data of rising water levels along the Pasig-Marikina Rivers is now available online to enhance flood monitoring and preparedness especially to resident living near the river basin.

The DOST with the MMDA and LGUs are now setting up street markers in the Pasig-Marikina area to pre-determine critical levels in flood prone areas, Secretary Montejo said. The DOST is looking at providing at least a 2-hour lead time to warn residents of possible floods. This window is also critical to mobilize government response to save lives.

Identifying the dengue problem as a priority concern, Montejo said the DOST has shifted all its existing researches into high gear to address the dengue problem and keep it from becoming more serious. The results have been dramatic.

With scientists from different DOST agencies collaborating to find a solution, the DOST is now ready to field-test a mosquito trap that contains an anti-dengue solution developed by its epidemiologists.

The trap and solution will not only attract mosquitoes but kill its larvae thus preventing the deadly virus-carrying mosquitoes from multiplying.

Secretary Montejo is hoping the tests will turn positive as this would be a major success in the country's fight against dengue. (PIA 8) [top]

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