DOST sets up 1,400 DEWS nationwide

  • May 17, 2017


DAVAO CITY May 18 (PIA)- The Department of Science of Technology (DOST) has deployed more than 1,400 Early Warning Systems nationwide since the project three years ago as part of the Deployment of Early Warning System (DEWS).


These warning system is a tandem of hydromet devices namely the Automated Rain Gauge and Water Level Monitoring System and is a project of Department of Science and Technology- Advance  Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).


About 82 of these hydromet devices has been installed all over Davao Region.


Oskar Cruz, Assistant Project Head of the DEWS project said these systems are installed in rivers with history of floodings and those that has communities that are exposed to these dangers.


“If these rain gauge and water level monitoring system detects something unusual from the  normal level of rain or water in the river these are relayed to the warning posts” Cruz said.


The warning posts consists of a siren, a beacon and a public address system. “


He said the systems are capable of sending out alarm when the river water level is about 80% of its capacity, which would already result in waters overflowing the banks of rivers.


Cruz said these EWS are tools given to the LGUs to enhance their monitoring capability. The disaster management systems of the LGUs will have to act with the data or warning given by the systems. (PIA/RG Alama)






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