DOST installs more rain gauges,water level monitoring system in CAR

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from Government of the Philippines
Published on 03 May 2013 View Original

By Carlito C. Dar

LA TRINIDAD Benguet, May 3 (PIA) -- The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is continuing with its disaster mitigation efforts and currently installing more automatic rain gauges (ARGS) and Water Level Monitoring System (WLMS) in the country time for the rainy season.

DOST–Cordillera Regional Director Julius Caesar Sicat, in a kapihan media forum, Thursday, disclosed that 27 new ARGs and six WLMS are set for installation in the different parts of the region and will be operational by June.

Sicat reported that four will be installed in Abra, six in Apayao, six, in Benguet and four each in Mountain Province and Kalinga.

“With these new ARGs, in addition to the six we previously installed, there will be now 34 sites in various parts of Cordillera where we can monitor the amount of rain fall coming in so that it can assist the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) in weather monitoring and forecasting," Sicat said.

“Through the ARGs we can monitor the amount of rainfall and predict the occurrence of floods within a six-hour span, which is essential in helping us particularly the local communities to be prepared for any eventuality," he added.

In the same forum, Sicat disclosed that DOST is also set to install six Water Level Monitoring System, one each in Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao and Kalinga. The WLMS sensors he said will be installed in bridges to monitor how fast the level of river water is rising.

He also shared that three areas in Benguet namely Tublay, Bokod and Buguias are included in the 10 areas all over the country where landslide sensors are installed and being tested. Through the sensor, sudden movement in the soil or land in the landslide- prone areas can be automatically monitored.

Sicat also explained that all the information gathered by the ARGs, WLMS and landslide sensors are automatically transmitted to the central computer database where it will be analyzed by experts and scientists and any relevant findings will be transmitted back by the PAGASA and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) and in partnership with the Local Government Units will be used for disaster mitigation.

“All of these efforts are part of DOST Secretary Mario Montejo’s initiative of smarter Philippines – or utilizing science and technology in assisting and ensuring the safety of every Filipino through disaster preparedness and mitigation," Sicat said. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)