The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) had installed two river sensors for monitoring prospective flooding in Pangasinan and Tarlac City and a government official has reported that they were missing, recently.
Benito Ramos, administrator at the Office of Civil Defense, explained that the river sensors manufactured out of copper calculates the current, depth and water in their area of installation. He added that the sensing units were contributed by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and costs millions of pesos. The OCD official explained that they found the theft after inspecting the sensing devices in Agno river in Pangasinan, Bugallon, and a river in Tarlac City, recently.
He reported that since they found no response and feedback from the sensing devices, they went and inspected the area and found that it was lost from the installed area. Ramos stated that Philippine Police is inspecting the case about the theft and that they have also requested the people who have taken the sensors to replace it at the earliest. They appeal to return the sensors, since the data recording system is adversely affected, which in turn affects a vast number of people.