The regular conduct of forum on disaster preparedness and other related topics also aims for retailers to be enlightened and start taking the initiative to transform their business and establishments with eco-friendly, energy-efficient practices, and disaster resilient measures.

Also invited during the forum were Lori Tan, CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of World Wildlife Fund of the Philippines and Commissioner for Science and Technology UNESCO National Commission of the Philippines who discussed on "Adaptation: Effects of Climate Change in Business" while Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang, City Council Committee Chair on Environment talked on "Building resilience and awareness of natural disasters and climate change.

Meanwhile Colmenares said the areas identified are the places where bodies of water traverses even as he said that the stations are under the care of the barangay and any movement of water level will be reported to concerned authorities.

Colmenares said the installation of WLMS is part of the government's preparedness program where the device measures and determine the flood waters in real time. It is equipped with solar panel and makes use of an ultrasonic sensor to measure the rate of change of water level using the principle similar to radar and sonar.

Aside from the WLMS he said the automated rain gauges (ARG) are installed in two sites here at Baguio District and in Barangay Dakudao.

The ARG is a monitoring station equipped with different sensors capable of measuring the wind speed and direction, air temperature, air humidity, air pressure, and rain amount, duration and intensity.

Colmanenares encouraged the participants to be aware of relevant information that will help them in their day to day activities.

He also said that the software application of Project NOAH can now be uploaded in the mobile phones as this will provide the public weather forecast in a specific area at a particular time.

On the other hand, Pepito Capili, admin officer of the Davao City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said their advocacy campaign in the different barangays here continue as they encouraged the public to learn and be ready when disaster strikes.

He said 40 percent of the people in Davao City lives in coastal areas. (PNA)

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