USM, Kabacan – A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing was held between the University of Southern Mindanao (USM) and Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on November 22, 2018. USM and PAGASA agreed on the establishment of an x-band rain station as an early warning device system for flash floods.
USM Vice President for Administration and Finance Dr. Lope Dapun and PAGASA Administrator Dr. Vicente Malano met Thursday to sign the MOA at the USM Admin Skyroom. Present also during the signing were Kabacan Municipal Administrator Mr. Ben Guzman and representatives from USM and PAGASA.
According to Engr. Roy Badilla of Hydrometeorology Division, PAGASA, there will be six target areas for the x-band rain stations, namely: 1) Cauayan, Isabela, 2) Roxas City, Capiz, 3) Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, 4) Esperanza, Agusan del Sur, 5) Panabo, Davao del Norte, and 6) Kabacan, North Cotabato. PAGASA chose USM because of its strategic location in the Mindanao river basin. The said radar can transmit data in a 10-minute interval over a 40 kilometer range.
In his speech, VP Dapun welcomed the MOA signing noting that a lot of people could benefit from this project especially that USM would soon be one among the six radar stations in the country.
Engr. Willie Jones B. Saliling, HR director, lauded the effort as it would enhance our capability to forecast flooding in the area.
Written by Lloyd Anton Von M. Colita, UPRIO