Manila, Philippines: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Philippines, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with telecommunications firms, Smart Communications Inc. and Sun Cellular, to improve the country’s weather monitoring and flood warning systems.
It is pertinent to mention here that the DOST is implementing an extensive two-year river disaster prevention and mitigation research and development (R&D) programme called the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH Program) involving 18 major rivers basins and nearby watersheds in the country.
“For the program, DOST will design and deploy locally designed and manufactured sensors to include: Automatic rain gauges, automatic weather stations (AWS) and automatic water level sensors, to improve flood monitoring and mitigation. These instruments will be installed in the cell sites of Smart and Sun located in key areas within the 18 target river basins and watershed,” Science and Technology Secretary Mario G. Montejo stated.
“Smart and Sun are also committed to design and implement communications solutions for the early warning, feedback and reporting requirements of the DOST programme. The three partners will also share data and other information derived from the said programme,” added Montejo.
Montejo explained that the DOST’s NOAH programme aims to respond to the urgent need for a reliable flood warning system in all major river systems and watersheds in the country. It has seven major R&D components: Local sensors development, LIDAR-National 3D Mapping project, FLOODNET or flood modeling, Weather Media, Landslides and Geohazards analysis using-LIDAR, Doppler development, and Storm Surge Mitigation.