URDANETA, Pangasinan, Philippines—President Benigno Aquino III announced Friday the allocation of P1 billion for the creation of a three-dimensional map of the entire country that is designed to improve flood forecasting and related early warning systems. Mr. Aquino made the announcement during the inauguration of the new P243-million Agno River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning System in the nearby town of Rosales.
Philippines is to undertake a unified mapping project. It aims to update the country’s topographic map series and would implement a more detailed 1:10,000 map series for an estimated 50 per cent of the country’s land mass.
After the devastating 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan and the worldwide tsunami warnings that it triggered, a lawmaker has called for the development of an ICT-led “disaster science” in the Philippines to make the country better equipped to face natural calamities.
Typhoon Megi made landfall as a category 5 typhoon on 18 October.2010. Based on NDRRMC report number 9, a total of 39,847 families (215,037) persons have been affected in 99 municipalities and 9 cities in 22 provinces.
Intermittent moderate to heavy rains that prevailed from July 26-30, 2010 trigerred the overflowing of Simuay River and other tributaries which caused flooding in the municipalities of Sultan Kudarat, Pagalungan and Datu Montawal, all in Maguindanao; Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat Province; and Kabacan, North Cotabato, thus, affecting 16,184 families in 35 barangays in Region XII.
The Active Low Pressure Area (ALPA) intensified into a tropical depression and was named "Caloy". As early as 11:00 AM, 18 July, heavy rains and strong winds triggered flashflood affecting 111 families in the Municipality of Dingalan, Aurora Province. Twenty seven (27) families who were affected by flashflood in the Municipality of Baler, Aurora, were rescued by the Philippine Army.