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Norway upgrades flood forecasting in Cagayan Valley

Manila (19 November) -- As heavy flooding swept some parts of the Cagayan Region due to heavy rains the past few days, the region sees clear days ahead at least in the next two years as the Department of Science and Technology and the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) of the Kingdom of Norway signed a Memorandum of Agreement for the improvement of the flood forecasting and warning system for the Magat Dam and downstream communities.

Present during the MOA signing was Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo; His Excellency Knut Solem, Ambassador of Norway to the Philippines; Mr. Kjell Repp, Manager of the International Affairs, NVE; and Dr. Nathaniel T. Servando, Officer-in-Charge of the Office of the Administrator of DOST's Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The project will enhance the flood forecasting and early warning capability of PAGASA in the Cagayan river basin and the Magat Dam operations. This will help reduce the loss of lives and damage to properties during floods brought about by heavy rains.

According to the MOA, the NOK 10,700,000 million project will help restore the telecommunication system and rehabilitate the monitoring facilities of the existing flood forecasting and warning system and the flood forecasting and warning system for dam operations. The MOA also covers the installation of additional monitoring stations.

DOST and NVE also agreed to jointly conduct research on an integrated weather and flood forecasting system; establish a decision support system; and conduct training and capacity building activities, as well as intensive public information drives and campaigns for stakeholders and the public. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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