DoST turns over automated water systems to Region XI

THE DEPARTMENT of Science and Technology on Friday has signed a memorandum of agreement with local government units from Region XI regarding its 56 automated weather systems that would monitor in real time weather conditions in the area.

Present during the MOA signing were Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Compostela Vice Governor Manuel Zamora, DOST secretary Mario Montejo, National Economic Development Authority director Lourdes Lim, and DOST XI regional director Anthony Sales.

Davao City received nine sensors from DOST, while Compostela had 19, Davao del Norte, 12, Davao del Sur, 4 and Davao Oriental, 12.

According to Montejo, the LGUs have been very protective of the equipment even before the MOA was signed.

He said the equipment was designed to be easily maintained and could last up to 10 years.

The direction that the DOST was headed was for self-reliance, using local ingenuity to design specific solutions ranging from biotech and genomics for farming and early warning systems for disaster preparedness.

Del Rosario lauded DOST’s turnover of the equipment, adding that Davao del Norte was home to one of the region’s major river basins in the Libuganon River.

Sales said LGUs were responsible for the monitoring and security of the equipment at their areas, through installing fences around the area.

He added that the next batch of hydro meteorological sensors would have alarms and lights that would immediately inform residents of impending floods and heavy rains.

The DOST aims to install 100 more hydromet sensors in the region within the year and 1,000 more in the Philippines.

Montejo said before 2010, there were only 120 sensors in the entire country.

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