DOST's DREAM project to proceed - Montejo
MANILA - Some programs under the Disaster Risk and Exposure Assessment for Mitigation (DREAM) project of Project NOAH were recently stalled after the Supreme Court (SC) struck down the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
But Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Secretary Mario Montejo said those programs can now proceed based on the doctrine of operative fact that projects already funded by DAP cannot be taken back.
The University of the Philippines (UP) is the proponent of the DREAM project, which involves the development of high-resolution flood hazard maps for the country's 18 major river systems.
An estimated 60 to 70 percent of communities living along river systems will benefit from the project.
"Early this morning, we had a talk with UP Chancellor Michael Tan, and from all indications, they will lift the suspension of funds either today or early tomorrow... The remaining funds is P400 million out of a total P1.6 billion," Montejo told "Mornings @ ANC" on Tuesday.
Launched in December 2011, the DREAM project was aimed at developing an early flood warning system amid the series of serious flooding events in Cagayan de Oro and Marikina.
Montejo said flood mapping for almost 300 other river systems is expected to be completed before the end of 2016, while inundation maps for areas prone to storm surges are expected to be completed by the end of the year.
Montejo noted they also hope to acquire a doppler radar and build a doppler station for Iloilo and in Mindanao.
They also aim to further upgrade their equipment for more advanced weather modelling, and improve the salaries of the country's scientists, he added. - ANC