The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has launched an online portal that serves as a source for monitoring and management of river flows in the country.
DPWH secretary Rogelio L. Singson said his agency has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project to come up with a website that will transform DPWH?s current stream flow data sets into digitized format to be used in incorporating measures to flood mitigation and management.
“For a while now, access to river flow information is limited and has been only available upon request. With the launching the Streamflow Management System (SMS) website, we will have accessible records and maps of river flow stations initially from river gauging stations in Regions 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12,” said Singson.
The SMS website, which will be handled by DPWH Bureau of Design ? Water Projects Division (BOD-WPD), had soft launch last June 2 and is expected to be fully operational by October 2016.
“It will eventually operate on a nationwide scale and will be beneficial in terms of water resource regulation, flood control and management, in localized disaster risk planning, and in coming up with water resources development plans across the country,” added Singson.
The historical information of river flow data is used to generate a discharge measurement that allows engineers, and water resources planners to use this information to design sustainable and resilient infrastructures and to plan for the country’s water resources.
The USAID Be Secure Project was requested by DPWH to provide technical assistance in advancing the data gathering technology through the Streamflow Management System website.
The SMS supports the National Hydrologic Data Collection Program and trains the DPWH national and field staff to improve data collection and analysis based on the unique characteristics of river basins in the country.