Siquijor Local News
By Rizalie A. Calibo
(Philippine Information Agency)
July 29, 2013
SIQUIJOR, July 29 (PIA)—The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) –Provincial Science and Technology Center (PSTC) Siquiijor through the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geographical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) distributed Automated Rain Gauges (ARGs) in the Province of Siquijor.
PSTC Director Mario De La Peña said they have successfully installed four ARGs in the municpalites of Larena, Enrique Villanueva, Maria and San Juan in addition to the two ARGs in Lazi and Siquijor installed in 2012.
There are now six sites of ARG in the province which can monitor weather conditions and assists the PAGASA weather forecast.
ARG’s deployment is part of Development of Hybrid Weather Monitoring System and Production of Weather and Rain Automated Stations Project which measures how much rainfall falls in a given time.
The rainfall data are sent wireless through the cellular network as a text and are collected on a central database server and further analyzed. The processed data and possible warnings can be accessed by the public over the internet.
Under the memorandum of agreement (MOA), DOST will provide and install one ARG at agreed site, provide technical orientation and training for the caretakers to be assigned by LGU’s referred as Lot Sponsor.
The Lot Sponsor likewise provide space for the ARG, provide materials and civil works needed for the installation and undertake the provision and installation of a fencing based on the design prepared by the DOST-7.
Aside from ARGs, DOST is set to install one Water Level Monitoring Station (WLMS) in Seniora River, Lazi.
This device wil determine the water level of the river by sound wave and ultrasonic sensor and transmit the data to the central server.
"We are lucky to have installed in the province five ARG’s, one Automatic Weather Station and one Water Level Monitoring Station because these will be of great help to us during extreme weather conditions," de la Pena said. (mbcn/rac/PIA7-Siquijor with PCL/MDP-DOST)