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P-Noy's Speech at the Launching of Project NOAH, 06 July 2012

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Nangka DEL Covered Court, Barangay Nangka, Marikina City, | Speech (full text) | | Audio |,%2006%20July%202012.mp3 | Aquino leads formal launching of Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards and risks President Benigno S. Aquino III led the formal launching of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards or Project NOAH in a bid to step up national efforts toward greater and more intensive disaster risk reduction and management procedures in the face of typhoons and calamities. Marikina was chosen as the venue for the launching of the project because the city was fully inundated by Typhoon Ondoy in 2009. In response to President Aquino's instructions to put in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in close coordination with the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, Advanced Science and Technology Institute, Science and Technology Information Institute, Department of Interior and Local Government, UP National Institute of Geological Sciences and Department, and other concerned agencies, developed the Project NOAH. Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo noted that with Project NOAH, the DOST "will apply advanced Science and technology tools to come up with enhanced vulnerability maps, and a shortened six-hour monitoring and warning system for communication along major river basins." He said the project is so far the most advanced measure implemented by the government in disaster mitigation. Through this project, the warning agencies, PAG-ASA and PHIVOLCS would be able to provide a six-hour lead-time warning to vulnerable communities against impending floods and to use advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps. Project NOAH's mission is to undertake disaster science research and development, advance the use of cutting edge technologies and recommend innovative information services in government's disaster prevention and mitigation efforts. Through the use of science and technology and in partnership with the academe and other stakeholders, the DOST through Project NOAH is taking a multi-disciplinary approach in developing systems, tools, and other technologies that government could be operated to help prevent disasters. At present there are eight component projects under the NOAH program, namely; Hydromet Sensors Development, DREAM-LIDAR 3-D Mapping Project, Flood NET-Flood Modeling Project, Hazards Information Media, Enhancing Geo-hazards Mapping through LIDAR, Doppler System Development, Landslide Sensors Development Project, and Storm Surge Inundation Mapping Project. Within two years, the NOAH program shall provide high-resolution flood hazard maps and install 600 automated rain gauges and 400 water level measuring stations for 18 major river basins of the Philippines, namely; Marikina River Basin, Cagayan de Oro River Basin, Iligan River Basin, Agno River Basin, Pampanga River Basin, Bicol River Basin, Cagayan River Basin, Agusan River Basin, Panay River Basin, Magaswang Tubig River Basin, Jalaur River Basin, Ilog-Hilabangan River Basin, Agus River Basin, Davao River Basin, Mindanao River Basin, Tagum-Libuganon River Basin, Tagaloan River Basin, and the Buayan-Malungun River Basin. The Chief Executive was assisted by Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and Marikina Mayor Del de Guzman in formally launching Project NOAH at the Nangka Del Covered Court, Balubad Settlement Phase II in Barangay Nangka, Marikina City, on Friday. Joining President Aquino were Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Sonny Coloma Jr., University of the Philippines-Diliman Chancellor Dr. Caesar A. Saloma, Project NOAH Executive Director Dr. Alfredo Mahar Francisco A. Lagmay, Marikin...