THE National Irrigation Administration (NIA) signed an agreement Wednesday with the government weather service, PAGASA, to build a flood warning system in Bukidnon serving Northern Mindanao.

The Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) covers a Telemetered Rainfall and Water Level Gauging Station near the NIA Bubunawan Irrigation Intake Facility in Baungon, Bukidnon.

NIA Administrator Ricardo R. Visaya and PAGASA Administrator Vicente B. Malano agreed on the station, which will keep track of hydrological conditions in the Cagayan de Oro River Basin while automatic rainfall.

The works include installation of water level gauging equipment and repeater and relay towers for faster transmission of hydrological data.

The data will go to the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Center (CDORBFFWC) and the Main Operations Center of the Hydrometeorology Division (HMD).

Under the memorandum, PAGASA will shoulder the expense of constructing and installing the equipment, and operate and maintain the station.

The data will become part of public domain.

The national government is seeking to build early warning systems in all of the Philippines’ major river basins. — Revin Mikhael D. Ochave