In its continuing efforts to help local communities prepare for and mitigate the destructive effects of natural calamities, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in Region III will setup more weather monitoring devices in selected sites all over Central Luzon this year.

Dr. Victor B. Mariano, DOST-3 regional director said that under the expanded deployment of early warning systems or Project DEWS, additional 11 water level monitoring stations (WLMS) and 19 automated rain gauges will be put up along major river channels and waterways before the start of the rainy season. A total of 40 such devices has so far been established since the year 2012. 

 

The WLMS work in conjunction with the automatic rain gauges (ARG) which measure the amount of rainfall in a given area. The device monitors the rise in water level and sends data to a central server where it is processed. The data is then made available to local government units and the public via the internet. The information can now be used to put into action the appropriate pre-emergency response. In this way, damage to lives and property are considerably lessened.

The installation of these devices aims to improve the country’s monitoring capability by enhancing the accuracy and timeliness of its weather forecasts and warnings.  It is only one of the multi-pronged strategies under the National Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH.

However, at least one these devices has been vandalized and even stolen. Considering the value of the data generated by the WLMS and ARGs, Dr. Mariano is appealing to people living in areas where such devices are installed to help assure their safety from theft and damage. He said that such act is punishable and perpetrators will be prosecuted when caught. He enjoins anyone who has knowledge of the whereabouts of the stolen device to contact the DOST-3 office in San Fernando, Pampanga. 

DOST3 staff are shown installing a WLMS in Nueva Ecija.

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