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Project NOAH officially launched

Project NOAH, or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, has been officially launched by the Department of Science and Technology in Barangay Nangka, Marikina on Friday, July 6, 2012.

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According to DOST, Project NOAH is the agency’s response to President Benigno Aquino III’s call for a more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system particularly in high-risk areas across the country.

It harnesses the technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities offered by the DOST through PAGASA, PHIVOLCS, and DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), in partnership with the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and the UP College of Engineering.

Aside from television, the project also utilizes the internet to provide weather hazard information online via noah.dost.gov.ph.

The website displays real-time data from satellites, Doppler radar, automated rain gauges (ARG), and water level monitoring stations (WLMS) to empower the local government units (LGUs) and communities to prepare against extreme natural hazards.

In his speech during the occasion, President Aquino said a total of 600 ARGs and 400 WLMS will be installed in 18 major river basins throughout the country.

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Aquino pointed out that these equipments and facilities will be made locally.

“Ngayon pong nailunsad na ang Project NOAH, tiwala tayong madadagdagan pa at mapapabuti ang ating mga kasangkapan at kagamitan. Ang target po ng DOST: animnaraang locally-produced automated rain gauges at apatnaraang water level monitoring sensors ang maipakabit sa mga piling lokasyon sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng bansa bago matapos ang 2013,” the President said.

“At ang lahat po ng mga ito, dito mismo sa Pilipinas gagawin; gawang Pilipino, para sa Pilipino.”

He hopes that the project will be completed within the year even though the actual target of DOST is on or before December 2013.

“Sa sigasig po ni Secretary Mario Montejo, tiwala po tayong maaabot ito. Baka sa 2012, halos matapos ‘to, hindi ho ako magagalit kung matapos ng 2012, pero puwede na ho iyong 2013,” Aquino added.
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