TO ACCURATELY forecast the ecological conditions and the water enclosed to municipalities, automated weather stations (AWS) is due for completion in Barangays Ibulao and Alimit in Kiangan, Ifugao.
The project is under the joint venture of SN Power of Norway and Aboitiz Power Corp. They funded the construction of the 10 AWS, which records real-time rainfall, humidity, and wind moisture.
"We have ongoing installation of AWS almost complete in Ifugao area. Hopefully, that will help us in terms of helping National Irrigation Association (NIA) and the farmers forecast hydrology and water inflow activity," said Michael Hosillos, Snap vice-president and chief corporate services officer.
Seventeen AWS will also be constructed in the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela.
All data gathered goes through the weather provider and will be shared to NIA and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.
"From the consolidated information of NIA, the SN-Aboitiz has a program still being develop. After its completion, we can now at least have the level of confidence to forecast water inflow in Magat during the dry season," said Hosillos.
The construction of the AWS is part of Snap's corporate social responsibility.
Snap operates the Magat Hydroelectric Power Plant in Ramon, Isabela, one of the largest hydro facilities in Luzon with a maximum output of 380 megawatts.