President Benigno S. Aquino III will inaugurate the Improved Agno River Flood Forecasting and Warning System (FFWS) and the New Agno River Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (FFWC), including the Urdaneta Engineered Sanitary Landfill (UESL), during his visit to Pangasinan on Friday.
Upon his arrival, the President will unveil the marker of the Agno River FFWS and FFWC, located at Barangay Tumana, Rosales, Pangasinan.
The Chief Executive will be assisted by Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo and local officials, to be led by Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino Jr. and Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) acting Administrator Dr. Nathaniel Servando.
Dr. Servando will brief the President on the system’s operations before they will witness the switching on of the observation of flood telemetry system.
The Agno River Flood Forecasting and Warning System was established under the Official Development Assistance (ODA) of the Government of Japan in 1983. Equipped with a network of eight rainfall and seven water level gauging stations, the Agno River FFWS was instrumental in mitigating the loss of lives and damage to properties in the flood plains of the provinces of Pangasinan and Tarlac through the issuance of flood bulletins and advisories.
In 2007, the improvement of FFWS in Pampanga and Agno River basins was among the first three projects to be implemented by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Phase 1 of the project covers the Pampanga River FFWS which was completed in March of 2009 while the Phase 2 covering the Agno River FFWS commenced in April 2010 and was completed in March of this year.