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Known for mitigating and preventing disasters, Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards aka Project NOAH will be dead by March. Cue the collective gasps of horror.

According to Project NOAH executive director Dr. Mahar Lagmay, the project will bid goodbye due to lack of funds. It will only run until February 28.

Photo grabbed from DOST website

Thankfully, a level-headed dude has come into the picture.

In a Facebook post yesterday, Secretary Manny Piñol of the Department of Agriculture has said he will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to transfer the regulation of Project NOAH to his department.

“I read this report today that Project NOAH, a hazard and risk monitoring program under the Dept. Of Science and Technology, will be stopped by the end of February.

“This would be a disaster especially now that the country experiences one flooding after another.

“The Department of Agriculture needs Project NOAH and I will do everything to save it.

“Initially, I will talk to President Rody Duterte and ask him to allow the DA to take over Project NOAH,” Pinol said.

The mission of Project NOAH is to “undertake disaster science research and development, advance the use of cutting edge technologies and recommend innovative information services in government’s disaster prevention and mitigation efforts.”

It is the country’s flagship disaster prevention and mitigation program that aids Filipinos during times of calamity. It is proven to be effective by giving timely storm advisories and real time weather information in affected areas.

[Manila Bulletin]


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