Monday , June 18, 2018

Creation of flood warning system approved on 1st reading

THE Davao City Council approved on first reading on Tuesday the memorandum of agreement to be entered into by and between Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-Pagasa) for the establishment of Davao river basin flood early warning system (EWS).

The committee on rules, privileges, laws and ordinance and peace and order and public safety will hear soon the memorandum of agreement (MOA) to be entered into and between DOST-Pagasa relative to the Davao River basin flood EWS after it was passed for first reading on Tuesday, February 20.

"The said network of hydrological monitoring equipment for flood early warning will entail the installation of automatic rainfall and water level monitoring equipment and repeater towers for the transmission of data to the Davao River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning System (DRBFFWC) and Main Operation Center of Hydrometeorology Division (HMD) for flood forecasting and early warning purposes," the MOA read.

Based on the copy of the MOA, the Pagasa will implement the establishment of a network of hydrological monitoring facilities to address the need for a functional EWS for flood/flashflood for Davao River Basin to alert the community for an impending threat, thus averting the occurrence of a similar magnitude of destruction during the occurrence of Typhoon Sendong.

The agreement covers the undertaking between the Davao City and Pagasa for the establishment, operation, and maintenance of the automatic water level gauge station, automatic rain gauge station, water level and rain gauge with relay stations; including the conduct of Information and Education and Communication (IEC) Campaign/Public Information Drive (PID) in areas where the station is installed.

The Pagasa is tasked to install the rainfall and water level monitoring equipment and other facilities necessary for the operation of the stations; construct the perimeter fence to ensure the safety of the equipment from any unlawful act, of pilferage, theft and vandalism.

It is also tasked to jointly undertake the overall operation and regular/emergency maintenance works of the stations with LGU-Davao.

The City Government of Davao will provide/extend assistance to Pagasa during the duration of project implementation, particularly during the installation and commissioning/testing of the monitoring equipment of the 14 monitoring stations.

The stations include Marilog High School, Barangay Marilog, Marilog District; Kibalang Elementary School, Marilog District; Callawa Elementary School, Barangay Callawa, Buhangin District; Barangay Hall, Carmen, Baguio District; Baguio Elementary School, Baguio Proper, Baguio District; Barangay Hall, New Carmen, Tugbok District; Barangay Hall Megkawayan, Calinan District; SitioSabang, Barangay Tamugan Hanging Bridge; Suawan bridge, Barangay Suawan, Marilog District; Tamugan Bridge, Barangay Tamugan, Marilog District; Lacson-Lamanan Bridge; Waan Bridge, Barangay Waan, Buhangin District; Davao Bridge, Barangay Ma-a, Talomo District; Kalye Apeke Bridge, Barangay Calinan, Calinan District, all in Davao City. (KVC)