NIA Central Office – The National Irrigation Administration (NIA), represented by Administrator Ricardo R Visaya, and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), represented by Administrator Vicente B. Malano, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the installation and operation of Telemetered Rainfall and Water Level Gauging Station in the vicinity of NIA Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facility located at Purok 8, Sitio Nangkaon, Barangay Salimbalan, Baungon, Bukidnon. The activity was held on February 26, 2020 at the NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A.
The MOA signing aims to install/operate the Station, construct access road, and install peripherals and perimeter fence in the vicinity to effectively monitor the hydrological condition of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin. There is a need to install automatic rainfall and water level gauging equipment and construct repeater/relay towers to enable the speedy transmission of hydrological data to the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (CDORBFFWC) and the Main Operation Center of the Hydrometeorology Division (HMD) as an advance information of the mainstream areas, as well as the response of the river system to the rainfall intensity. Thus, effectively carrying out flood forecasting and warning activities.
Under the memorandum, PAGASA agreed to make all necessary representations to the concerned authorities regarding the funds that will be utilized for the construction of the station, construct the housing and install monitoring equipment necessary for the operation of the Station, provide access to observed data as part of public domain, and ensure that the construction and operation of the Station will not result in any damage to environment, community, and to the NIA Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facilities.
All undertakings provided in the memorandum will have no cost to NIA. PAGASA will bear all costs to be incurred in the establishment and installation of the equipment and other appurtenant facilities, as well as in the overall operation and maintenance of the Station.
The activity is part of the national government’s endeavor to reduce the negative impacts of flooding through the establishment of early warning system for all of the major river basins in the Philippines.
NIA Administrator Ricardo R Visaya (Middle Left) and PAGASA Administrator Vicente B. Malano, together with NIA Senior Deputy Administrator Abraham B Bagasin (Outermost Left), during the MOA Signing for the installation and operation of Telemetered Rainfall and Water Level Gauging Station in the vicinity of NIA Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facility on February 26, 2020 at the NIA Administrator’s Conference Room, 2nd Floor, Building A
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EDEN VICTORIA C. SELVA
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