Govt enhances warning systems

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is enhancing its warning systems to fully prepare Filipinos for natural calamities such as Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in November last year.

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DOST Secretary Mario Montejo told reporters on Tuesday that aside from releasing inundation or flood maps, his agency continues to disseminate advisories on the height of floods or storm surges that could hit a particular area.

The advisories will forecast the time when a typhoon will hit and will project the impact of floods or storm surges there.

Montejo said the DOST is also broadcasting advisories on landslides based on the amount of rainfall.

Meanwhile, Montejo stressed the need to construct so-called climate-adaptive houses based on aerodynamics, minimum structural requirements, and cost efficiency.

He added that the technical description and strategies of the country’s engineers are needed in designing houses that can withstand the effects of severe weather events.

Montejo attended the launching of Build Forward, a nationwide design competition for students of Architecture in colleges and universities that the DOST is holding with Ortigas and Co., a property developer, and non-government group Habitat for Humanity.

The winning concept of a climate-adaptive house and school building, which could resist intensity 8-earthquakes and wind gusts of up to 250 kilometers per hour, that will be built in a prescribed timeframe and constructed on a specified budget will be used for the actual construction of permanent houses in Yolanda-damaged areas starting May this year. The designs will eventually be placed in the public domain.

Ghio Ong

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