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Installed Sixteen (16) HYDROMET Devices

In response to President Aquino's instructions to put in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation, specifically, for the Philippines' warning agencies to be able to provide a 6 hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods and to use advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps, the Real Time monitoring of Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) was launched by the Department of Science and Technology.

In line with the ongoing efforts of the Department of Science and Technology through the Nationwide Operational assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Program, the DOST Regional Offices (ROs) and Provincial Science and Technology Centers (PSTCs) will assist the Advance Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in the implementation of the Emergency Distribution of Hydrometeorological Devices in Hard-Hit Areas in the Philippines  (HYDROMET) projects.

Through the project, additional automated rain gauges (ARGs), water level monitoring stations (WLMS) and TANDEM (ARG with WLMS) devices will be distributed nationwide with priority within the 18 major river basins of the country. Data obtained through the devices will be incorporated in PAGASA’s models and in the ongoing research and development under the NOAH Program, which aims to enhance disaster management through automation of processes and in the use of latest technologies.

As of August this year theDepartment of Science and Technology-ARMM has started the deployment and installation of Sixteen (16) HYDROMET Devices in pre-selected areas inthe ARMM and installation of all  the devices were ecompleted last August 29 . The DOST-ARMM has exceeded the targeted  ten (10) HYDROMET devices for the duration of the 100 days. There will be 18 more HYDROMET devices to installed within this year