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Thursday, July 28, 2016

93 EWDs established in ZamPen high risk prone areas

By Alfonso T. Ruda

DIPOLOG CITY - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has established 93 units of early warning devices in the identified high risk prone areas in Zamboanga Peninsula region.

This was revealed by DOST 9 focal person for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management,Ms.Thelma San Diego during the forum at Top Plaza Hotel, conducted on  the second day of the Regional Science and Technology Week celebration.

San Diego said the installed EWDs include Automated Weather Station (AWS), Automated Rain Gauge (ARG),  and Water Level Monitoring System (WLMS).

An early warning device is designed to prevent loss of lives and lessen damage to properties in certainareas during occurrence of heavy rains that may result to flooding.

These instruments have the capability to send warning to the people residing in low-lying areas 6 hours before the arrival of the impending big flood that may hit them to prepare themselves for evacuation to elevated areas.

Of the installed EWDS, 29 of them are in the rivers of differentmunicipalities  in Zamboanga del Norte which were known to be high-risk flood-prone areas.

Some 24 other EWDs were installed in Zamboanga del Sur; 14 in Zamboanga Sibugay; 2 in Zamboanga  City and 4 in Isabela City, Basilan.

The forum, held in line with the 3-day National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebration(July 25-27)aims to provide the LGUs with new innovations in technology like early warning devices to enhance their  capabilities to respond during emergency situations.

Itwas participated in by more or less 200 local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officers from the different local government units in region 9.

This year’s NSTW celebration carries the theme, “Juan Science, One Nation.”