Philippine Information Agency (PIA)
Baguio City - In line with the government’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) effort, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), in coordination with the city government, led the installation of a DOST- designed and donated rain gauge in at Lourdes Extension Barangay, here last Monday.
The said rain gauge serves as an Early Warning System (EWS) for the city during the rainy season. If such equipment collects 150mm of water within 24 hours, it is a basis to call for forced evacuation.
The group is set to install another rain gauge in a second high elevation area in the city; DOST also donated rain gauges to all provincial governments in the region.
In an interview, OCD-CAR regional director Olivia Luces affirmed that they have partnered with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA-CAR) for the fabrication of additional DOST-designed rain gauges which they can use for their DRRM initiatives. Reportedly, five rain gauges can be fabricated from one GI sheet.
According to Luces, there are other local government units in the in the region who are interested to install their own rain gauges. She also bared that they will be recommending the use of rain gauge in flood-prone areas in CAR.
Meanwhile, Luces informed that they are continuously doing knowledge enhancement activities on government’s DRRM efforts to include lectures on Republic Act 10121 or the DRRM Act of 2010 and on Incidence Command System.
Luces also announced that they will also be meeting with technical people from government line agencies, the academe and local government units for the creation of a comprehensive (disaster) mitigation plan for the region.
She shared that the Regional Development Council is keen on funding disaster risk analysis or studies while the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Mines and Geo-Science Bureau and the academe such as the Saint Louis University also have their related initiatives and studies.
“We want to integrate all of these as a joint venture in mitigating disaster,” Luces said. (JDP/LD-PIA CAR)