• ARMM launches weather forecasting system

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    KIDAPAWAN CITY: The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has launched in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) the Nationwide Overall Assessment Hazards (NOAH) project, officials announced Tuesday.

    Under Project NOAH, 36 weather stations were installed in strategic locations across the region, ARMM’s DOST Secretary Myra Alih said.

    The field stations will be equipped with advanced hydro-meteorological (hydromet) devices, hybrid automated weather station, wind monitoring system, automated rain gauges and water level monitoring system, she said.

    Alih said the equipment will be used to gather data used for weather forecasting and long-term research on climate-related issues.

    ARMM, which comprises the provinces of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi and the cities of Marawi and Lamitan, serves as Project NOAH’s pilot area in Mindanao.

    Alih said the region serves as Project NOAH’s pilot area in Mindanao.

    Twenty six of the 36 hydromets have been turned over to the intended local government units, which will have to allocate 5 percent of their calamity fund for the security and maintenance of the weather equipment, according to Alih.

    Smartphone apps and internet web-based applications will be made available for users to access information provided through Project NOAH, she said.

    Project NOAH is “very vital” in securing the regional populace from being caught in surprise by natural calamities, according to ARMM Executive Secretary Laisa Alamia.

    It would boost the operations of the ARMM’s Humanitarian Emergency Action and Response Team (HEART), a first of its kind in the country.

    Through HEART, regional line agencies led by the Office of the Regional Governor dispatched a relief mission to the typhoon-ravaged communities Samar and Leyte last Tuesday, bringing a total of 12,500 packages of canned food, rice, slippers and other basic relief items, Alamia said.

    MOH I. SAADUDDIN

     

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