CAR towns better equipped-A A +A
Monday, August 25, 2014
MUNICIPALITES in the Cordillera Administrative Region are now equipped with hydrometric devices to battle climate change.
Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-CAR Assistant Regional Director Nancy Bantog reported the region is now equipped with hydrometric devices for better weather monitoring and forecasting.
The Hydrometric project is a component of the Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) launched to forecast accurate data about calamities and to mitigate risks and impacts of disasters.
Bantog reported the installed hydromet devices include Automatic Rain Gauges (ARGs) and Water Level Monitoring Senses (WLMS).
According to Bantog, in CAR, a total of 117 hydromet devices were already installed including some 59 installed this year.
She stressed more WLMS should be set up in the region to have more accurate monitoring of water level in the rivers.
The assistant director noted these hydromet devices have been helpful in the disaster risk reduction efforts of different local government units especially in spreading information that creates awareness among Cordillerans.
"We believe that with the deployment of these devices, weather forecasting is improved," she highlighted.
Bantog said more hydromet devices can be installed through the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the DOST which develops the ARGs and WLMS.
While hydromet devices are installed by the DOST, local government units are the ones responsible to the security and maintenance of the devices.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 26, 2014.