NOAH Program Gains Private Backers

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NOAH Program Gains Private Backers


The government has entered in cooperation with the private sector under which it will put up automated weather systems (AWS) in Petron gas terminals and depots, Globe, and Smart cell stations.

As the need to warm the public in advance on disaster has become increasingly pertinent due to previous destructive typhoons, the National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) program of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has entered into more partnerships with the private sector.

NOAH's implementer, the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) will put up AWS in selected sites among the 32 depots and terminals and over 2,000 gas service stations of Petron.

This is under a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed Tuesday between Science and Technology Secretary Mario J. Montejo and Petron Chairman Ramon S. Ang.

"We have agreed to share our core competencies to help motorists and vulnerable communities in coping with the threats posed by damaging rains and flash floods under the vision of a Public Private Partnership being promoted by President Aquino," said Montejo at the MOU signing.

DOST earlier entered into co-location agreement with Smart and Globe so that it can put up weather forecasting facilities right where these are most useful.

"We also have co-location agreement with Smart and with Globe for providing locations for the weather stations and sensors. It's not just the number of sites that's important, but the site has to coincide with the location preferred by our scientists, said Montejo.

"We need these collaborations because with the private sector's help, it will not be just one plus one, but the operation will be a multiplication."

As the forecasting and flooding alarm system will also be beneficial for Petron, Smart, and Globe's business operations, the private companies must be providing the co-location agreement to DOST-NIGS for free.

"Our own project Sagip-Alalay has helped thousands of families start their lives again after a disaster. …

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