The Department of Science and Technology Regional Office 1 (DOST1) through the Provincial Science and Technology Office (PSTO) - Pangasinan installed a rainfall and water level monitoring system in Brgy. Diaz-Vacante channel spillway in the municipality of Bautista, Pangasinan.
Since the municipality is a flood-prone area, the Rainfall and Water Level Monitoring System was one of the identified technology interventions under the Disaster and Risk Reduction/Climate Change Mitigation entry point of the Community Empowerment thru the Science and Technology (CEST) program.
Rainfall monitoring systems will capture rainfall data that measure the amount of rainfall, while water level monitoring systems use sensors to measure the height of water in rivers, lakes, and other bodies of water that measure the water level. These devices transmit the collected data to a central server for processing and analysis. The processed data is then made available to water resource managers and other stakeholders via web-based interfaces. It will also send a Short Message Service (SMS) message to the registered sim.
The installation was made possible through the collaboration of the Municipality of Bautista through the support of Hon. Mayor Joseph G. Espino, Mr. Aries B. Aquino, Local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer II (LDRRMO II) of MDRRMO, Engr. Arnison Diaz & Mr. Noel Fernandez of Engineering Department, Brgy. Captain of Diaz, Hon. Juanito Dacanay and his constituents, and the Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative Inc. (CENPELCO) headed by Mr. Arturo Aquino, Supervisor, provided the concrete post and the placement of the equipment.
With the rainfall and water level monitoring system, the Local Government Unit of Bautista has a reliable system and equipment to monitor the level of water and rain to forecast floods at the local level to improve risk management strategies and lower the impact of water-related hazards on vulnerable communities.
DOST 1 will continue to provide S&T interventions to more disadvantaged and marginalized sectors to build empowered, progressive, and resilient communities in the Region.