Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, February 8, 2016

DOST Bicol personnel trained on Project NOAH system operation to ensure disaster preparedness, mitigation among communities

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 8 (PIA) – A total of 51 personnel of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Bicol regional office trained on disaster risk reduction and management/climate change adaptation measures to strengthen the agency’s thrust in ensuring prepared, safe and resilient Bicolano community.

DOST Bicol regional director Tomas Briñas said the personnel underwent the “Orientation-Training on Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards)” recently in line with the agency’s outcomes under the under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) in 2000-2015.

Science and Technology (S&T) disaster mitigation and preparedness is one of the eight outcomes pursued by DOST under MDGs, and with the new set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) composed of 17 thematic areas, DRRM/CCA have been prioritized for 2016-2020, according to Briñas.

“The training is very vital in increasing awareness on DRRM/CCA among personnel and the Bicolanos we serve in the region. The technology and its application is developed as information guide/monitoring system and within reach of people especially with coming disasters and unpredictable weather changes,” he explained.

Project NOAH is DOST’s response to the call of President Benigno S. Aquino III for a more accurate, integrated, and responsive DRRM/CCA.

DOST leads the National/Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC/RDRRMC) for its thematic area on disaster prevention and mitigation as the council’s vice chair through the concerted efforts of government’s warning agencies, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) and the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Agustin R. Serrano, Jr., Senior Science Research Specialist and Head of DOST Bicol-RML expounded on the concept of Project NOAH’s nine components namely: Hydromet Sensors Development; Disaster Risk Exposure Assessment for Mitigation – Light Detection and Ranging (DREAM-LIDAR) 3D Mapping; Enhancing Geohazards Mapping through LIDAR; Flood Information Network (FloodNET) Project; Disaster Management Using WebGIS; Doppler System Development; Landslide Sensors Development Project; Storm Surge Inundation Mapping, and Weather Information Integration for System.

These components fast track the implementation of Project NOAH aided by rain gauges, flood and earthquake sensors, geophysical mapping system, remote controlled airplanes, weather air balloons, and others.

Engr. Dan Dominic A. Triumfante, Science Research Specialist I, explained the mechanics to access Project NOAH website, noah.dost.gov.ph, a weather information system containing details on rainfall data; temperature; percentage of chances/possibility of floods, landslides, tsunamis, storm surges, and typhoon tracking for better disaster preparedness and mitigation warning/advisories and updates in real time.

He also presented DOST Bicol Trouble Shooting and Maintenance for the 24 Automated Rain Gauges (ARGs) and 29 Automated Water Level Monitoring System (AWLMS) installed in the region.

Project NOAH has also a mobile application featuring same information in the website that can be viewed straight from a cell phone and downloadable for both iOS and Android operating system via wifi and data access.

“With the continuously growing threat of climate change, such technological leap is indeed welcome and attuned to the demand of the times,” according to Briñas.  (MAL/POL-XTLV-DOSTV/PIA5)

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