More automatic rain gauges to be installed in Ilocos Norte’s river basins

LAOAG CITY — The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) eyes the installation of more automatic rain gauges (ARGs) in the province’s major river basins to intensify data collection and help aid in effective decision making in times of emergency.

According to Jonathan Viernes, Provincial Director of the DOST-Batac service center reported that a 2-in-1 automatic level system with rain gauge will be installed in most parts of the second district of Ilocos Norte. These include the towns of Solsona, Dingras, Batac, and Badoc including the northern town of Bangui in the province’s first district.

These are in addition to the automatic rain gauges that were earlier installed in the towns of Carasi, Nueva Era and Pasuquin respectively.

With the installation of more rain gauges, Viernes said this will help mitigate the impact of disaster through Project Noah through gathering accurate rainfall data to assist the weather bureau in monitoring and forecasting.

Through the ARGs, the amount of rainfall can be easily monitored and predict the occurrence of floods within a six-hour span, which is essential in helping local communities better prepared during typhoon.

He added the equipment and markers are now delivered at the DOST office in Batac City ready for deployment.

“We hope to finish all the installations just in time for the rainy season or before President Benigno Aquino III’s term expires,” he ended. PNA/