The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 02 in collaboration with University of the Philippines’ (UP) Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) has handed over 54 hazard maps to Provincial and Local Government Units (PLGUs) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Offices (DRRMOs) of Cagayan, Isabela and Quirino, September 19, 2016.
Engr. Sancho A. Mabborang (R2), assisted by Dr. Aleth M. Mamauag (center) with the technical team of UP-DREAM and ISU Phil-LiDAR and PCIEERD representative, Ms. Mayrose B. Pariñas, gives the hazard map, a product of Phil-LIDAR Project 1 Program, to LGU-Aglipay represented by Mr. Gilvern Manzano.
During the turn-over ceremony held at Isabela State University (ISU) Echague Campus, Regional Director Sancho A. Mabborang said these maps will help the PLGUs and DRRMOs in averting natural hazards.
He also emphasized that Phil-Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) 1 Program Data Products must be utilized by PLGUs and DRRMOs in creating well-planned and resilient communities against calamities.
“We should grab this opportunity and work together to deliver an effective disaster preparedness and mitigation and address issues while providing better solutions in the near future,” RD Mabborang said in his speech.
The DREAM-Phil-LiDAR Project is one of the components of DOST’s Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) Project. This aimed to prepare the people for natural disasters by producing up-to-date, detailed, and high-resolution three-dimensional (3D) flood hazard maps for the critical river basins all over the country.
Municipal Mayor Francis Faustino A. Dy and ISU President Aleth M. Mamauag expressed their gratitude and full support to the Phil-LiDAR Project of the Science Department.
Moreover, UP-DREAM technical staff including Engr. Ma. Rosario Concepcion O. Ang, Mr. Ken Salanio, Dr. Cristopher Uichanco and Dr. Januel Floresca of ISU Phil-LiDAR presented the the following topics: Background of Phil-LIDAR 1 Program, Flood Maps, Automated Water Level Sensor, Flood Early Warning System, and LiDAR Portal for Archiving and Distribution(LiPAD) Website Demo. An open forum and data validation workshop took place after the said presentations.
Dr. Cristopher Uichanco, Flood Modeling Component Chief Science Research Specialist, explains the legends found in the hazard maps to some concerned PLGU representatives during the orientation and turn-over of Phil-LIDAR Data Products.
In her closing remarks, Engr. Ang said they are hopeful that these products are to be used. “We are hoping that you will use the products para mapabuti pa natin at ma-minimize natin yung risks sa disasters specially sa floods,” she said. (KC D. Sucuano/DOST R02-PAI)