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Friday, February 29, 2008


The Olongapo City Government received digital and manual rain gauges from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The said instruments were given to the city during the Community Based Flood Early Warning System Conference held last February 27 at the FMA Hall of the City Hall.

Through the initiative of Mayor James “Bong” Gordon, Jr. in coordination with PAGASA, the conference focused on the condition of Olongapo as regards to potential flooding and ways to gear up for the rainy season.

The conference was facilitated by the City Coordinating Council and was attended by Civil Defense Region III Director Neri Amparo, Senior Weather Specialist Dr. Susan Espinueva of the PAGASA Flood Forecasting Branch as guest speakers.

In the conference, PAGASA presented four (4) digital and one (1) manual rain gauges that measures the volume of rainfall from which, early warning for possible extreme weather condition may be issued, particularly on the risk of flooding.

Mayor Gordon expressed gratitude to PAGASA for supporting the city government in its efforts to control the floodings in the city. It can be recalled that Olongapo used to be a swampland, thus, it is vulnerable to flooding despite the gallant efforts of the city government to address the problem.

Meanwhile, Disaster Management Office (DMO) Head Angie Layug, City Administrator Ferdie Magrata, City Councilor Edwin Piano, City Health Officer Dr. Arnildo Tamayo, James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital (JLGMH) Director Dr. Arturo Mendoza, city department heads and representatives from the 17 barangays of the city also attended the said conference

The city government under Mayor Bong Gordon’s administration has been carrying out measures to control floodings in the city. Recently, Michael Cooke and Stanley Taylor, flood control experts from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, visited Olongapo City for the fourth time to continue their series of studies regarding Land Use and Watershed Management in the city.

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