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Project MAGHANDA to boost info drive on natural hazards

QUEZON CITY, (PIA) – As part of Typhoon and Flood Awareness Week, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) launched on Monday the P27.38-million Project MAGHANDA.

Project MAGHANDA or the Meteorological and Geological Hazard Advisories, Warnings, and Notifications for Decisive Action aims to boost information drive on natural hazards and provide better disaster response.

In a press briefing, DOST Secretary Fortunato De la Peña noted that under the project the local officials, disaster risk reduction managers, local information officers and media will go through training sessions and workshop to develop understanding of warning messages.

“This aims to level up awareness and capabilities of our DRR (disaster risk reduction) factors at the local level in understanding warning messages of our frontline agencies PAGASA and Phivolcs and to translate those information into better response action among our stakeholders,” Peña said.

The training sessions will cover the following:

     o  Meteorological topics

          · Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals

          · Rainfall Warning System

          · Gale Warning

          · Lightning Detection Alert System

          · Flood Warning System

          · Storm Surge Warning System

          · El Niño-Southern Oscillation

          · New PAGASA website

     o  Geological topics

          · Introduction to Philippine Seismic Network

          · Earthquake Information

          · Tsunami Detection and Warning System

          · Landslides

          · Volcano Monitoring System

          · Fault Finder tool

          · Hazard Hunter tool

The Project MAGHANDA is led by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), with the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) as one of its partners.

“With this partnership we are looking forward to training about 8 thousand new local government units, local government officials and local disaster risk reduction officers on the latest hazards and information systems with the corresponding warning messages most especially the first-timers,” DILG Undersecretary for Public safety Nestor Quinsay Jr. emphasized.

Meanwhile, PAGASA reminded the public about the 20 or so tropical cyclones that enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility each year and their accompanying hazards.  (JAFD/PIA-IDPD)

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