Scientist pushes for public education on calamities

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Sunday, February 2, 2014


THE country must do more in preventing massive loss of life and property as Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which killed over 6,000 people last November 2013, has been an eye opener about the dangers of extreme weather events, a scientist said Sunday.

"Ang challenge is kung paano maipapaintindi sa tao ang science, gaya ng storm surge kaya we hope na through the website, we can educate people. Lalo na ngayon, ayaw na nating maulit ang nangyari sa Yolanda," said Dr. Mahar Lagmay, executive director of Project NOAH.

He said schools should continue educating students about disasters and how to prepare from them and mitigate the risks. Redundancy of information is also important and that includes the use of traditional and social media to reach more people as possible.

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Recently, free web metrics provider Alexa reported that the website of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) (www.dost.gov.ph) was the most visited government online portal. It ranked 108th.

"The top keywords driving traffic to the site from major search engines for the past six months are Pagasa, Pagasa weather forecast, Pagasa weather update, Phivolcs, and Project Noah," Alexa said.

Of the website's sub-domains, the website of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) -- pagasa.dost.gov.ph -- had the largest percentage of visitors over the past month at 75.30 percent, followed by phivolcs.dost.gov.ph of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) at 13.11 percent.

The other popular sub-domains are the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development, Philippine Council for Health Research and Development, and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

Aside from local visitors, the DOST website also had visitors from other countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, Singapore and Canada. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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