BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 5 (PIA) – – The Department of Science and Technology is bringing in the Early Warning System(EWS) Information, Education and Communication(IEC) forums in the different Cordillera provinces.
The project aims to capacitate local government units (LGUs) for them to mainstream science-based tools towards efficient and effective disaster risk reduction and management, in line with the goal of achieving a science-based Weather Information and Climate Change Scenarios for a disaster resilient Philippines.
The IEC forum started in Bontoc, Mountain Province last December 1, in Kiangan, Ifugao last Dec. 3; Bangued, Abra on Dec. 10 and Tabuk City, Kalinga on Dec. 15. To complete the EWS Cordillera road show, the same forum is set in the province of Apayao and Benguet this month.
DOST Science Research Analyst Hansi Dinumla shared that the fora were attended by provincial and municipal disaster risk reduction and management officers who were introduced to the basic concept of early warning systems and the DOST EWS initiatives and projects as well as on the visualization of tools and websites for hydromet sensors and EWS.
Forum participants were also engaged in an open forum and ‘Way Forward Planning on the Implementation of Plans for Disaster Prevention and Mitigation’ in the provincial and municipal levels especially on the establishment of community-based EWS utilizing available DOST projects.
The forum specifically aims to train DRRM officers of all the municipal LGUs and provincial LGUs of CAR on science-based tools as results of DOST-funded researches and art the same time to recommend activities and initiatives relative to the training to be integrated in their respective local DRRM plans, Dinumla said.
The DOST is the chair on Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council./JDP/CCD – PIA CAR