By Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha
SAN FERNANDO CITY – The Department of Science and technology Region 1 is set to conduct an information education seminar on Project NOAH on September 19, 2013 at Oasis Country Resort here.
Project NOAH otherwise known as the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards is the agency’s response to the call of President Benigno S. Aquino III to establish a more accurate, integrated, and responsive disaster prevention and mitigation system, especially in high-risk areas throughout the Philippines.
Ms. Angel Lyn Ortiz of DOST Region 1 said the event aims to familiarize participants of the project’s role in disaster risk reduction and mediation activities; train participants in the use of Program NOAH tools, including navigation of NOAH website as well as installation and maintenance of sensors and rain gauges; and to gain a basic, practical understanding of weather and earth sciences.
Ortiz said about 100 participants are expected to attend the event, including representatives from the regional line agencies, state universities and colleges (SUCs), higher education institutions (HEIs) and local government units (LGUs) in region 1.
Further, she said that her agency hopes cooperation from the participants on information dissemination about Project NOAH to be able to mainstream the vision, mission and goals of the project and have a clear understanding on the technologies used in the project implementation.
“We’re expecting that the community leaders and the local government officials who will be attending the activity will relay what they have learned in their respective offices/municipalities”, said Ortiz.
Project NOAH will harness technologies and management services for disaster risk reduction activities offered by the DOST through PAGASA, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), and the DOST- (ASTI), in partnership with the UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and the UP College of Engineering.
Six resource speakers are invited to grace the event namely Ms. Nelia Tabliago from the Office of the Civil Defense (OCD); Ms. Nivagine Nieveras and Mr. Raymond Ordinario, both from DOST- Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAG-ASA); Ms. Shanta Laura Velasquez of DOST- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI); Mr. Rolly Rulete from SMART Developer Network; Ms. Irene Crisologo from the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Geological Sciences and Alfredo Mahar Lagmay , the project’s program leader. (JCR/JNP-PIA1 La Union)#