Project NOAH, the disaster management program that was started under then President Benigno Aquino III, is scheduled to end in February, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña said on Tuesday, January 31.
And it’s not due to “lack of funds” as the project’s Executive Director Mahar Lagmay has reported, according to dela Peña in a statement.
NOAH is the acronym for Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards.
READ: PROJECT NOAH
Dela Peña said that Project NOAH “really has a project end date” and it’s on Feb. 28.
“It has to be understood that Research Projects have start and end dates. In this particular project, the promised deliverables have been met and now ready for adoption and use,” said dela Peña.
Dela Peña said that new project proposals were welcome if there was a new study to be made to replace Project NOAH.
“A new project would mean a new project name. The outcomes or results of Project NOAH are now due for use and adoption, specifically by Pagasa (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration),” he said.
“The Project [NOAH] has delivered what it has promised to deliver. The results are useful and should be institutionalized in regular government agencies whose mandates cover these areas.”
Project NOAH is one of the Research and Development (R&D) Projects funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as part of its Disaster Risk Reduction R&D Program.
Dela Peña said most of the component projects were completed in 2015, but NOAH was extended until 2016 to “cover additional targets and deliverables”.