DoST gets high-tech gear for flood warning system

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By Nikka Garriga

TAGUIG CITY, METRO MANILA – The recently launched flood warning system by the Department of Science and Technology (DoST) will integrate high-tech equipment for its atmospheric and geospatial data gathering needs.

The National Flood Monitoring, Forecasting and Mitigation Program is an integrated, comprehensive flood warning system which covers major rivers and watersheds nationwide.

The main components of the flood management program include Disaster Risk Exposure, Assessment, and Mitigation (DREAM); FLOODNET; Sensors Development and Weather Media.

The P1.6-billion DREAM program will be used by the agency to acquire state-of-the-art weather and geographic data-gathering technologies which can produce detailed topographic information for more accurate flood inundation maps.

These equipment can also be used for forestry applications, environmental monitoring and producing rapid, accurate height data required for updating hazard maps.

“Disaster preparedness will entail a team effort, so that together we will be able to achieve goals and end-results mutually beneficial for all,” DoST Secretary Mario Montejo said.

With the locally developed flood warning system, the agency aims to extend a more responsive disaster preparedness mechanism for the country.

The national government has earlier directed all concerned government agencies to intensify efforts for a more intensive disaster risk reduction and management procedures following the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao.

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