A public portal that will serve as a source of open data for monitoring and management of river flows in the country will soon be available.
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said the DPWH has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project to come up with a website that will transform DPWH’s current stream flow data sets into digitized format to be used in incorporating measures for flood mitigation and management.
“For a while now, access to river flow information is limited and has been only available upon request,” Singson said. “With the launching the Streamflow Management System (SMS) website, we will have accessible records and maps of river flow stations initially from river gauging stations in Regions 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12.”
The SMS website, which will be handled by DPWH Bureau of Design – Water Projects Division (BOD-WPD), is expected to be fully operational by October.
“It will eventually operate on a nationwide scale and will be beneficial in terms of water resource regulation, flood control, and management, in localized disaster risk planning, and in coming up with water resources development plans across the country,” added Singson.
The historical information of river flow data is used to generate a discharge measurement that allows engineers and water resources planners to design sustainable and resilient infrastructures and plan for the country’s water resources.
DPWH had requested the USAID Be Secure Project to provide technical assistance in advancing the data gathering technology through the SMS website. The SMS supports the National Hydrologic Data Collection Program and trains the DPWH national and field staff to improve data collection and analysis based on the unique characteristics of river basins in the country.