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Philippines enhances weather forecasting system

Philippines: President Benigno Aquino III directed the Department of Budget and Management, Philippines, to release PHP 150 million (PHP: Philippines Peso) for the installation of 1,000 automatic water level sensors nationwide. The sensors will aid forecasters in tracking river water levels and potential floods further enhancing the weather forecasting system.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad said the funding issued to the Department of Science and Technology will be used in the fabrication and installation of 1,000 automatic water level sensors to be placed in 18 river basins throughout the country.
“The Aquino administration is moving fast in its relief efforts for the victims of Tropical Storm Sendong, as well as in providing additional technology to refine our country’s weather prediction systems. The production and installation of the automatic water level sensors are part of the Aquino administration’s immediate-response projects for Visayas and Northern Mindanao,” Abad said.
He added that the government will give priority to the installation of the water sensors in the Cagayan de Oro River (two sensors upstream, 1 downstream), Iponan River, Cagayan de Oro-Iligan, Misamis Oriental (one sensor), and Iligan City (one sensor upstream, one sensor downstream). The installation of all units will begin in 2012.
“Climate change adaptation and mitigation is part of the five key priority areas of the Aquino administration. We are working toward innovating the country’s weather facilities to preserve the safety and well-being of all Filipinos, and also to minimize the social, economic, and environmental damage wrought by natural calamities,” Abad added.
Source: www.journal.com.ph