PNoy launches ICT-enhanced disaster mitigation program

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[/caption] The program, developed by the Department of Science and Technology, puts in place a responsive program for disaster prevention and mitigation, using advanced technology to enhance current geo-hazard vulnerability maps. See related story here. In his speech, Aquino said the initiative will serve as a modern-day Noah?s ark against natural disasters. ?Tutuldukan na natin ang nakasanayang pagtitiis tuwing tag-ulan. Hindi na puwede ang ?bahala na,? sawa na tayo sa kaba. Sa tama at sapat na kaalaman, sasanayin natin ang mga Pilipino sa puspusang kahandaan,? Aquino said. He added: ?Gamit ang lokal na teknolohiya at makabagong kasangkapan, bibigyang-lakas at kakayahan natin ang mga lokal at pambansang pamahalaan upang higit pang mapabuti ang kanilang operasyon at pagkilos tuwing darating ang malakas na pag-ulan. The chief executive also ordered DOST secretary Mario Montejo to put up 600 locally-produced automated rain gauges and 400 water level monitoring sensors to be set up in various locations in the country by 2013. ]]>

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