|ARG installed at Pintuyan, So. Leyte|
According to PAGASA, the Philippines is one of the most storm-visited country in the whole world. An average of 20 major storms struck the Philippines every year. Aside from that, we also suffered from the effects of flashfloods and landslides. One of the most devastating of this was the Ginsaugon landslide in February 17, 2006 which took almost 1,000 lives including the lives of the children and millions worth of properties.
To mitigate the problem, the Philippine Government thru the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) created the Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH). The project aims to incorporate technology in mitigating hazards during the times of disasters (de Leon, 2013). Under the project, the PSTC-Southern Leyte in cooperation of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) and the Local Government Units in the identified municipalities installed Automatic Rain Gauges (ARG) in San Francisco, Pintuyan and Hinunangan, Southern Leyte last July 3-4, 2013. The ARGs measure the amount of rain fall and gives information to prevent any tragedies caused by flood.
|WLMS installed arm ARYAG Bridge, San Francisco, So. Leyte|
Moreover, the PSTC installed TANDEM (ARG+WLMS) in Subangdako Bridge, Sogod, Southern Leyte last July 5, 2013. This equipment has the combined function of ARG and WLMS.
The different modern devices installed in the selected municipalities of Southern Leyte are expected to provide real-time weather data. Installing these devices is a way of utilizing science and technology in ensuring the safety of the Filipinos.
The installation of the equipment was headed by Dr. Dominador A. Clavejo, Provincial Director,DOST Southern Leyte.