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Aquino launches antidisaster program Project Noah


NOAH DOESN’T HAVE TO BUILD AN ARK. Using a laptop, President Aquino launches Noah (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards). With the President are Science Secretary Mario Montejo (left) and Project Noah director Dr. Mahar Lagmay (right). LYN RILLON

MANILA, Philippines—This Noah doesn’t need to build an ark to save Filipinos from floods. All it needs is for people to access its website.

After launching Project Noah (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) on Friday, President Benigno Aquino III declared that the days of uncertainty in the face of severe weather would now be a thing of the past with the real-time warnings and information that Project Noah provides.

“Project Noah would serve as the Philippines’ ark against deluge. We would put an end to the ordeal that people have been accustomed to in rainy weather. Hindi na puwede ang ‘bahala na,’ sawa na tayo sa kaba,” the President said.

“With accurate and enough information, we would gear Filipinos toward sufficient readiness,” he added.

Project Noah’s launch was held in Marikina City—one of the worst hit by floods when Tropical Storm “Ondoy” dumped an unusually heavy volume of rain on Metro Manila in September 2009.

Also to warn of geohazards

Aside from providing on-time warnings on severe weather from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, Project Noah will also issue warnings related to geohazards from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

“If you check the website of Project Noah… you’d be impressed at the convenience brought by technology. Just type your location, you’d already know the weather condition, how heavy the rain would be in your area,” President Aquino said.

“We no longer have to ask for information. We no longer have to wait for the news. Anytime, we can get in and be informed,” he added.

Project Noah will benefit from the weather monitoring equipment that the government has installed in the past years. These include rain gauges, flood-monitoring units and Doppler radars—those that measure the amount of rain that would fall in a certain area.

Automated rain gauges

“When we started our administration, we gave attention to the problems brought by storms. Among those that we pursued was to improve and add to our equipment,” President Aquino said.

In addition to the four locally assembled water level monitoring sensors already in place when he assumed office, Mr. Aquino said the government installed nine in 2011 and 12 in 2012. “And 2012 is still not over,” he said.

President Aquino also said that 100 automated rain gauges were assembled in 2011 and 86 in 2012. These were deployed to different regions in the country, he added.

“Since 2010, there are now six operational Doppler radars in Baguio, Subic, Tagaytay, Virac, Mactan, and Hinatuan,” he said.

“We also expect three additional Doppler weather radars to be operational in Tampakan, Aparri and Baler before the end of 2012,” he added.

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Tags: anti-disaster program , Dr. Mahar Lagmay , Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards , Project Noah , Science Secretary Mario Montejo , Weather

  • Luthmar

    How about also installing these Doppler radars in the Bicol region?  The region is a typhoon belt.
    It’s these poor Bicolanos who suffer most during the rainy season. 

    • http://www.manila-voice.com/ 대성공

      “Since 2010, there are now six operational Doppler radars in Baguio, Subic, Tagaytay, Virac, Mactan, and Hinatuan,” he said
      Virac, Catanduanes, Reqion 5 (Bicol Region)..FYI.

      • Luthmar

        Ahhhhhh, ok. Thank you for the info.

        From: Disqus
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        hklt0110 wrote, in response to Luthmar:
        “Since 2010, there are now six operational Doppler radars in Baguio, Subic, Tagaytay, Virac, Mactan, and Hinatuan,” he said Virac, Catanduanes, Reqion 5 (Bicol Region)..FYI.
        Link to comment

  • itsumo kokomo

    This is really a good news. As a farmer weather is really a big consideration this days.

  • kilabot

    and noykapon symbolizes ham, the son of noah.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5VMXRVIDTQMZXG6TCLZYJYV2AM Pedro


  • BatangSingapore

    ginawa pa kunwari hitech pero saan ka nun nakaraan lingo lang e nagulantang ang lahat sa pagbuhos ng ulan at ang dami namatay.  style ang abnoy na pangulo ay bulok, walang filipino na naniniwala sa inyo ngayon.

  • kingkongbundy

    Just type your location, you’d already know the weather condition, how heavy the rain would be in your area,” President Aquino said.

    Maganda sana yan kung walang blackout.
    Pwera lang kung maka-imbento siya ng computer na di-padyak.

  • http://www.yahoo.com JOSE RIZAL

    All he’s saying, is that, “you see, the firing of the previous PAG-ASA Chief is the best thing I did, to give way to a more scientific venture…”   Hahahaha, the mediocre man’s justification is always a JOY to his fans, no matter how inane he is…Politics in science works…perfect combination…
    And what about “Project Lowering of MERALCO rates/or the government taking charge of the energy requirement of the country to attrack real investors”….No, he won’t disappoint the profiteering oligarchs who made him the Superhero out of his mediocrity.
    Hahahaha!  Sapere aude!

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