P10-M early warning system & flood monitoring device in Iloilo now operational

April 17, 2009 11:21 am 

ILOILO CITY, April 17 – The Early Warning and Monitoring System for Disaster Mitigation in the Philippines donated by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (Koica) to the provincial government of Iloilo is now operational.

Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) chief Dr. Prisco Nilo said there are several refinement on the program but it is already up for inauguration on May 15.

He also said that they are fast tracking the trainings of technical persons who will be responsible for the interpretation of data from the devices.

The set of equipment that was turned over to the provincial government on September 2008 included an automatic weather station, five automatic rain gauges and automatic water level station.

These were installed in areas within the Jalaur River basin.

Iloilo was one of the three provinces in the country that received the grant from KOICA through Pagasa and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST). The other provinces were Lanao and Aurora.

Meanwhile, Nilo who was in Iloilo Thursday for the launching of the "Hazards Mapping and Assessment for Effective Community-Based Disaster Risk Management" said that they are proposing to also install radar systems at the highest mountain peak in Panay Island.

He said the proposal is already in the drawing board and hopefully will proceed once the funds are available.

The radar system is useful in weather monitoring, typhoon tracking and rainfall estimation. (PNA)

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