RED Tumaliuan presents study on flood forecasting

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To provide better understanding and promote preparedness to weather conditions, the DENR Region 2 oriented members of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC), Regional Committee on Sustainable Development (RCSD), Regional Land Use Committee (RLUC), media and other stakeholders on flood forecasting and flood warning system for Cagayan Valley on April 24, 2012 at the Ivory Lodge, Tuguegarao City.

In a forum jointly conducted by the Regional Development Council (RDC) and the RDRRMC, RDC2 vice chairperson and National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Regional Director Milagros Rimando said the activity aims to strengthen all phases of disaster risk management through a better understanding of the processes and concepts involved in weather forecasting and the effects of climate change on the environment and ultimately on the population.

Forester Benjamin T. Tumaliuan, executive director of DENR Region 2, in his presentation of his study, said that climate change is happening, thus, what can be done is to come up with adaptation and mitigation measures as well as information dissemination so there will be less casualties especially during floods.

Aside from the model of communication channel for efficient early warning, contingency planning and quick response involving the different government agencies in the region, the environment chief also recommended the steps in the operationalization of the proposed flood forecasting model and early warning system for Cagayan Valley.

The study was also presented during the first Provincial Climate Change Summit in Ilagan, Isabela on January 13, 2012 where he urged the establishment of a functional risk reduction and management operations center with necessary equipment and manpower to ensure the province’s preparedness to quickly respond to affected Isabelinos.#