Cagayan de Oro, gov't agencies to create flood forecasting, warning center

Report
from Government of the Philippines
Published on 27 Nov 2012 View Original

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Nov. 27 -- A memorandum of agreement (MOA) will be forged between the city government, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) for the establishment of a Flood Forecasting and Warning Center.

The city will provide the lot for the Cagayan de Oro Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (CDORFFWC), which will serve as the hub for all flood forecasting and warning activities for the Cagayan de Oro River Basin and all its tributaries and allied rivers.

It will likewise assist the Pagasa-DOST team in establishing the Center; enter into a cost-sharing scheme with the concerned agencies in the construction of the Center and in the establishment of a monitoring network.

The city will also assist Pagasa-DOST in the conduct of operation and maintenance activities of the monitoring stations, among others.

For its part, the DOST-10 will assist in all the activities such as the site survey, hydrographic survey and the conduct of information and education campaign and assist in the conduct of monitoring and evaluation of the impacts of hydrometeorological hazards in the city.

Meanwhile, pursuant to the MOA, Pagasa-DOST will design and identify strategic location of the monitoring facilities such as the Automatic Weather Station, Rain Gauge Stations, and Water Level Monitoring Stations and install the monitoring facilities and provide Pagasa information packages such as weather, flood and climate flood advisories and bulletins, astronomical information to the city.

It will likewise take charge of the overall operation of the River Center and the operation and maintenance of monitoring facilities, including the yearly calibration of the installed equipment. (LCR/CdeOSP-PIA 10)