Monitoring water levels of major dams

If you had gone through the trauma of the Ondoy flood, one will never want to live through it. They say the Ondoy flood was caused by the release of the water from the dams at a time when rainfall was just too much. Dam authorities explained why the dams could not have been the cause of the deluge. But many remained unconvinced.

@un_uomo_libero said that ” We should not allow a repeat of Ondoy. The flood was a function of incompetent government agencies and uninformed public.”

At the height of the Falcon rainfall on Friday night , I asked who was in charge of the update of the dam water levels. Media didn’t seem to be reporting of the water levels at this critical time. It was around 9:15 PM. Tweeps believed it was Pag-asa. So I asked @dost_pagasa who checks the water levels. They soon replied but instead of giving updates they told me “check our website http://t.co/HHmHjeN for dam updates”.

This didn’t sit well for some tweeps. @iam_urz demanded “@dost_pagasa so what is this twitter account of yours for??” @bicolanodevil asked “is that correct? real time flood bulletin in your website is as of 9:00 AM June 24, 2011? as in 9:00 am real time?” @nixcnix also noticed the delayed updates , ” ano ba yang dam status report nila. as of 4 PM.”

I found it disappointing that Pag-Asa didn’t want to bother with the dam updates and instead told me to browse the website. I felt it was critical to monitor the water levels at the height of strong rainfall. I enjoined media to report the water level of the dams as public service measure. I found it critical that media require Pag-Asa to give out updates if I couldn’t convince them to give real time updates.

@iam_urz insisted that “and you don’t need a budget just to twit dam updates. do you? ”

Around 2 hours later, @dost_pagasa tweeted ” Please follow @PAGASAFFWS (Official Twitter Account of PAGASA-Flood Forecasting and Warning Section) for Dam level update.”

That was certainly good news and thanked them for creating this account. It is important for the public to be aware of these water levels, the upstream levels and the volume released.

We should never forget to get these water levels aside from the weather forecast or level of flood waters. We never want another Ondoy to strike us again. The dam operators should never be caught “sleeping” during heavy rainfall.

Never again. Let’s keep reminding our government agencies to do their job.

Here is the twitter discussion on how the dam updates were shown to the public.

Noemi Lardizabal-Dado is a Content Strategist with over 12 years experience in blogging, content management, citizen advocacy and media literacy and over 22 years in web development. Otherwise known as @MomBlogger on social media, she believes in making a difference in the lives of her children by advocating social change for social good.

She is a co-founder and a member of the editorial board of Blog Watch . She is a resource speaker on media literacy, social media , blogging, digital citizenship, good governance, transparency, parenting, women’s rights and wellness, and cyber safety.

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She was a Senior Consultant for ALL media engagements for the PCOO-led Committee on Media Affairs & Strategic Communications (CMASC) under the ASEAN 2017 National Organizing Council from January 4 -July 5, 2017. Having been an ASEAN advocate since 2011, she has written extensively about the benefits of the ASEAN community and as a region of opportunities on Blog Watch and aboutmyrecovery.com.

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Updated April 20, 2019

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