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Training Course on Surveillance and Warning System Conducted for Third Time
By: [Journalist’s Name]
The Friends in Need (PA) Volunteers Organization in Difficult Times, Thai Red Cross Society, along with the Hydro-Informatics Institute (HIS) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR, recently organized the third edition of their training course on increasing personnel potential (Meithrin Gallu) in using the surveillance and warning system. The training took place from the 11th to the 12th of September 2023, at the Erawan Hotel in the Champasak District. Mr. Sunadet Sukcharoen, Deputy Head of the Planning and Finance Department, chaired the committee responsible for coordinating with the Friends in Need Volunteers Organization in difficult times. The Thai Red Cross Society (Lao PDR Division) served as the Chairman of the Lao PDR Division, and Mr. Nitithat Laobawornsetthi, Data Analysis Department Manager, represented the Thai side. The Disaster Operations Division of the Foundation represented the Thai side.
Attendance and Purpose of the Training
The training was attended by officials from the central Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR, as well as provincial officials from various subdistricts such as Savannakhet, Champasak, Khammouane, Sekong, Salavan, and Attapeu. In addition, representatives from the 1st and 2nd training courses, held in Bolikhamxai and Xayaburi Sub-District, were also present, totaling 30 participants.
The main aim of the training was to transfer technological knowledge and enhance skills in the use and maintenance of automatic telemetry stations. Participants also learned how to track data, make forecasts, and summarize situation reports to prepare for potential floods. Moreover, the training provided an opportunity to discuss and exchange opinions on lessons learned from previous training courses.
Discussion on Community Ownership and Future Plans
During the training, Dr. Sorachak Kasemsuwan emphasized the importance of instilling a sense of pride, responsibility, and involvement among local communities in preventing floods in their areas. This includes installation of telemetry stations and collaboration between local officers, the central government, and the HIS to assess flood risks and determine suitable locations for the stations. Dr. Kasemsuwan proposed discussing these matters in the bilateral meeting and exploring the possibility of seeking assistance from the private sector for the installation of telemetry stations.
On behalf of the Lao PDR, Mrs. Phakawan Phitsamai expressed gratitude to the Foundation and the Office of the Basic Education Commission for their support in supplying telemetry station equipment, installing stations in all areas, and providing training for ministry personnel on multiple occasions. The Ministry extended its appreciation to His Majesty’s Foundation for its generosity and wished for His Majesty’s swift recovery from illness.
Telemetry Station Installation and Cooperation
The Foundation has allocated funds for the installation of 11 telemetry stations across various sub-districts from Bo Kaeo in the north to Salavan in the south. This installation was completed on April 30, 2022. In phase 2 of the project, the Institute and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Lao PDR, signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate in the exchange of information and news for joint monitoring, warning, and relief efforts related to flooding. As part of this agreement, 9 additional telemetry stations will be established in 6 provinces. The Ministry of Natural Resources, Lao PDR, has also organized training sessions for its officials in three regions of the country, namely the Central Region, the northern Capital Region of Vientiane, and the southern region of Champasak Province.
Thai Officials Share Telemetry System Operations with Lao PDR Counterparts
By: [Journalist’s Name]
As part of the training course on the surveillance and warning system, Thai officials provided Lao PDR officials in the field of water management with information on the operations of the telemetry system. This knowledge exchange and collaboration between the two countries will contribute to more effective monitoring and response to flooding incidents.
Monday, 18th September, 2023 6.00 p.m
Sorachak Kasemsuwan and Phitsamai Pakkawan
Friends in Need (PA) Volunteers Organization in Difficult Times, Thai Red Cross Society, together with Hydro-Informatics Institute (Public Organization) or HIS and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR organized a training course on increasing the potential of personnel ( Meithrin Gallu) when using the surveillance and warning system for the 3rd time between 11-12 September 2023 at Erawan Hotel, Champasak District, with Mr. Sunadet Sukcharoen, Deputy Head of the Planning and Finance Department. The chairman of the committee is responsible for coordinating and working with Friends in Need Volunteers Organization (PA) in difficult times. Thai Red Cross Society (Lao PDR Division) is the Chairman of the Lao PDR Division and Mr Nitithat Laobawornsetthi, Data Analysis Department Manager . The Disaster Operations Division of the Foundation is the representative of the Thai side.
For this training, there were officials from the central Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR, and provincial officials from Savannakhet Subdistrict, Champasak Subdistrict, Khammouane Subdistrict, Sekong Subdistrict, Salavan Subdistrict, Attapeu Subdistrict and representative officials from the 1st and 2nd training from Bolikhamxai Sub-District and Xayaburi Sub-District, total 30 people Attend training
The content of the training is aimed at transferring technological knowledge. Increase skills in the use and maintenance of automatic telemetry stations as well as learning to track data Forecasting and summarizing situation reports to prepare for the coming floods. Discuss and exchange opinions on training in the past 3 times with Dr Sorachakkasemsuwan…. Chairman the Sub-Committee on Developing Cooperation for Surveillance, Warning and Relief from the flood problem in Lao PDR (Thai side), Mrs Phakawan Phitsamai, Head of the Department of Planning and Finance, Mrs. Uthon Pedluangsi, Head of the Meteorological and Hydrographic Department. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR, was also present at this discussion.
Dr Sorachak Kasemsuwan gave comments and suggestions from this training. Regarding making the people of the area proud, jealous and ready to participate in preventing floods that will happen in their own area (Community Ownership) this is a matter of installing the telemetry station. In the future, officers in the area will be asked to work with central government and HIS to assess the risk of flooding in the area and where the telemetry station will be installed. A proposal to the bi-party meeting, including a request to consider requesting assistance from the private sector to install telemetry stations. Another channel
Mrs. expressed Pakkawan Phitsamai thanked the Foundation and the Office of the Basic Education Commission for their assistance to the Lao PDR, starting with supporting telemetry station equipment. Installation of telemetry stations in all areas Including training for ministry personnel on these 3 occasions The Ministry is grateful for His Majesty’s generosity. His Royal Highness Prince Bajrakitiyabha Narendira Thepyawadi Krom Luang Ratchasarini Siriphat Mahawatcharatchathida Chairman of the Board of Directors of His Majesty’s Foundation for the Lao people together with best wishes for His Majesty’s speedy recovery from his illness
The Foundation has supported the budget to install 11 telemetry stations, spread from the northernmost part, Bo Kaeo Sub-District, to the southernmost part, Salavan Sub-District, which was completed on April 30, 2022. Phase 2 The Institute and the Ministry of Natural Resources, Lao PDR, entered into a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the exchange of information and news for joint monitoring, warning, and relief from flood problems on November 11, 2022, which will have were posted Establishment of 9 additional telemetry stations in 6 provinces and training organized for officials of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Lao PDR, 3 times in 3 regions of the Lao PDR, namely the Central Region, held at the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment. The northern Capital Region of Vientiane is held in Luang Prabang Province and the southern region is held in Champasak Province.
Nitithat Laobowornsetthi and Mr. Sunadet Sukcharoen
Thai officials provide information on telemetry system operations to Lao PDR officials.
Lao PDR officials in the field of water management attended the training.
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