High tech real-time water quality monitoring for Batangas river

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Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 4A CALABARZON Executive Director Reynulfo A. Juan (2nd from let) displays with Mayor Jay Ilagan (3rd from left) of Mataas na Kahoy, Batangas, Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Region 4A Regional Director Alexander Madrigal (left) and PUSOD, Inc. Executive Director Ann Hazel Javier (right) the copies of the Memorandum of Understanding they signed affirming collaborative efforts to the “Development of Prototype for Real-time Water Quality Monitoring System of Lipote River using Information-Communications-Technology Enhanced Remote Sensing Protocol” during rites held at Malyn’s Purple Place in Brgy. Upa, Mataas na Kahoy in Batangas recently.  The project will develop an automated measuring equipment to measure pH (acidity or alkalinity), temperature, dissolved oxygen (DO) and total suspended particulates (TSS) which will be deployed in strategic sites of Lipote River and other tributaries and in the Taal Lake. A software application will complement the equipment and process data, and transmit the data for guidance in decision making of the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape (TVPL) stakeholders. Juan, who is concurrently Chairman of the Taal Volcano Protected Landscape-Protected Area Management Board, said, “The project’s immediate implementation and eventual replication in the other rivers draining into the Taal Lake, will ensure the health not only of the rivers, specifically Lipote River in Mataas na Kahoy but also of Taal Lake.” Also in photo are: (from left) Michael Dapdapig of the Environment Management Bureau Region 4A, Mildred Cepillo of DENR-Batangas  and Jovell Castillo of PUSOD, Inc.