THE city government of Taguig has installed at least 100 cameras in its area equipped with disaster visibility information system that will provide authorities as well as its residents real-time updates on weather conditions, storms, disasters and other information concerning the city.
Taguig Mayor Lino Cayetano said the Taguig Weather Monitoring System (TWMS), the first of its kind in the country, will let the local government as well as their constituents easily monitor their surroundings, particularly in times of disaster and calamities
Cayetano said the project is part of the local government's efforts towards making Taguig a smart city.
"This is a breakthrough in the country's disaster preparedness because it provides localized and area-specific updates and we are happy Taguig is part of this historic occasion The technology also allows us to monitor other things like the quality of the air. Pwede namin iwarn ‘yung mga kababayan namin na maysakit kung sakali na hindi maganda ang air quality sa isang lugar," Cayetano said in a statement.
He said live feed from the cameras can be seen on the website https://dvis-taguig.com while mobile application for easier navigation is still being worked on to.
The system can be used in localized flood monitoring, hazard mapping and even in daily community weather updates which complements information coming from the national agencies such as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
Specifically, it can show the distance of the eye of a storm to a specific area and allows for accurate six-hour weather forecasts and weather reports for up to a 15-day period.
The system also provides earthquake analytics which can identify the exact distance of an earthquake's epicenter to a specific place in the city.
“Right now the website is available to everyone. We will have daily updates (from the) I Love Taguig Facebook (page) and then within 30 to 60 days, I will ask the weather monitoring system of Taguig to be able to develop an application (which can be used by our residents) but right now, (anyone can just visit the website) to check or to go to I Love Taguig Facebook,” Cayetano said. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo/SunStar Philippines)