5 Weather Stations to be Modernized

LEGAZPI CITY — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is set to upgrade five provincial weather stations into regional services divisions with the installation of Doppler radars.

Speaking at the orientation seminar on typhoon and flood awareness held last Monday at the PDCC conference hall, Nathaniel Cruz, officer-in-charge of the Office of the Deputy Administrator, said that the weather station in Legazpi City will be modernized to be known as the Southern Luzon PAGASA Regional Services Division (PRSD).

“Whatever equipment we have at the PAGASA Central Office will also be available here,” Cruz said.

He said that one Doppler radar acquired through a grant from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will be installed in Virac, Catanduanes to serve the Bicol Region.

He said that the conventional radar in Virac will be transferred to the Daet, Camarines Norte station.

All the 10 weather stations in Region 5 will be reporting to the Southern Luzon PAGASA Regional Services Division once the project is completed, Cruz said.

The other PRSDs are located in Tuguegarao, Cagayan for Northern Luzon; in Mactan, Cebu for Central Visayas; in Cagayan de Oro for Northern Mindanao; and in Davao for Southern Mindanao.

All these regional services divisions will have Doppler radars.

The national government has allocated P400 million in the 2010 budget for the modernization of PAGASA, Cruz said.

Cruz spoke in behalf of Dr. Prisco Nilo, PAGASA administrator.

Landrico Dalida Jr., assistant weather services chief at PAGASA central office, discussed the “Weather Systems Affecting the Philippines.”

June 17, 2009, 9:24pm
Source: www.mb.com.ph