The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) together with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) will carry out an information caravan dubbed as MAGHANDA or the Meteorological and Geological Hazard Advisories, Warning, and Notifications for Decisive action throughout the 17 regions of the Philippines.
In a press statement on Thursday, March 17, DOST said that DOST Undersecretary for Scientific and Technical Services Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. led the signing of the memorandum of agreement with DILG as represented by DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño.
“[This signifies] the start of the new partnership that will carry out MAGHANDA,” said DOST.
MAGHANDA, according to DOST, aims to provide a “clearer understanding” of all the warning messages on natural hazards including, but not limited to typhoon, tsunami, earthquake, storm surge, and volcanic eruptions to better prepare local government units (LGUs) across the country in times of calamity.
The signing was held on Wednesday, March 16 at SEDA Vertis North Hotel in Quezon City, said DOST.