Smart, DOST launch ‘NOAH’ mobile app

**This is a press release from Smart Communications. 
 
Smart Communications, Inc. and the Department of Science and technology (DOST) jointyl launched last October 17 the mobile app of the on-time weather information on the DOST’s Project NOAH Website. 
 
“NOAH” or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards is a responsive disaster mitigation program developed by DOST in partnership with the University of the Philippines. The Philippines’ warning agencies namely, PAGASA and PHIVOLCS and other collaborating DOST agencies such as the Advanced Science and Technology Insititute(ASTI) and the Science and Technology Information Institute (STII) are in teh forefront of the DOST’s Project NOAH.
 
The DOST’s Project NOAH mobile app would initially be available for Android devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.
 
The prototype of the mobile version was originally done in HTML5.It was developed by Rolly Rulete, along with his teammates Pablito Veroy and Jay Albano during the first HTML 5 Hackathon organized by the Smart Developer Network in Davao City. The prototype won the “Best USE of Smart APIs”.
 
“We chose Rolly Rulete to develop the official mobile version of the DOST’s Project NOAH website for Android devices because we want Davao and Mindanao to be represented in the nationwide effort to mitigate disasters,” said DOST Secretary Mario Montejo.
 
“Participation of all Filipinos in the ffort is very important because it increases their stake in the solution to the problem. With better awareness, you have more reason to prepare against the impacts of hazards,” added Montejo.
 
“We are optimizing the use of technology and connectivity as tools to build the country’s capabilities for disaster preparedness and mitigation,” said Ramon Isberto, Smart Public Affairs head. “The launch of the DOST’s Project NOAH Android app solidifies Smart’s partnership with DOST and its worthwhile contributions to bolster the government’s disaster preparedness efforts.”
 
The DOST Infoboard was also launched during the event. The Inforboard service is Smart’s web-based text broadcast facility that jelps manage dissemination and gathering of weather and disaster-related reports within the DOST community.
 
The Infoboard, powered by Smart, has already been made available to other government agencies, flood-prone communities, as well as schools and universities all over the country.
 
The Flood Patrol, an Android mobile-based application developed by the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center (AJWCC), also had its public debut during the NOAH mobile app launch. It extends the flood monitoring and flood mapping service of DOST’s Project NOAH.
 
The flood reporting tool is part of the Philippine Flood Hazards Map website found at www.nababaha.com. The web interface allows users to report flood data, which includes the location, date, time, flood height and comments. Users may choose to identify themselves or report anonymously. 
 
In similar fashion, Flood Patrol allows citizens to report floods in their areas. At the same time, users can also view existing flood reports based on historical inputs. In addition, the mobile version allows users to take a picture of the flooding in their area. These pictures are stored in the web server for access by proper authorities.
 
The reports coming from the web and mobile applications are used as crowdsourcing data for flood analysis and disaster management.
 
To support the DOST’s Project NOAH, Smart and sister-firm Sun Cellular will allow DOST to install automated rain gauges in 600 of their cell sites in target river basin systems.
 
Smart network services are also being used to transmit pertinent weather data for analysis and formulation of DOST’s grand flood warning system.
 
Backed by the country’s largest network, Smart’s mobile services have remained resilient amid the country’s worst disasters, making it a reliable partner of the government in critical disaster preparedness programs.
 
On top of weather monitoring and disaster preparedness efforts, Smart is also helping build disaster response capacities of flood-prone communities.
 
Together with the Corporate Network for Disaster Response (CNDR), Smart is providing trainings to local officials and residents of Marikina, Dumaguete, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro in formulating contingency plans and organizing flood drills#

On why reading is good! Daniel lists the three top reasons why people should read books:
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2. Creative Thinking
3. Literacy and Language Skills

Kay Solo

I hear it all the time: ‘People don’t read anymore.’ ‘I haven’t read a book since high school.’ ‘Kids are more focused on their cell phones than books!’ ‘We need to get people back into reading again!’

There’s all this talk about sharing the love of books with people and getting people to start reading again, and I agree. But I notice that while there’s a lot of talk about what we should do, there’s not a lot of talk about why. Why should we ask people to read? Why should they even care? What can they get from a book that they can’t get from anything else? When I play devil’s advocate and ask fellow bibliophiles why exactly we should campaign for people to read more, they typically falter and can’t really give me an answer.

Now, if you love books, you’ll know why books are great. It’s…

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Mobbed! (then cry)

I am so stupid. Yesterday, I was watching Mobbed and the episode was about this guy who wants to apologize to his (hot cute) little brother after a huge fight between them.

Then, at the middle of the performance. I found myself crying. CRYING! I don’t even know why. I was laughing at the reaction of the little brother then I found myself crying.

Well, this is the second time I watched the television show and found myself crying. Was that the show, or I am just too emotionally unstable right now?

I wonder.

PS. My recent posts are quite short. I am just forcing myself to write….