PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Weather monitoring facility to rise in Zambo Cityby Michael Vincent D. Cajulao
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Jan. 11 (PIA) -– A much needed weather monitoring facility that will help warn people of Western Mindanao during rainy season will soon be installed here in the city, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)-Zamboanga City Meteorological Officer Maribel Enriquez said.
Enriquez said a Doppler Radar will be installed anytime this year in Hill 900, Barangay La Paz, west of the city. This project is an off-shoot of the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between PAGASA and the city government in October, last year.
Enriquez explained that the radar can track typhoons and determine the volume of rainfall it carries. The facility will help PAGASA give more accurate data and forecast to the public and help local governments in the region prepare in case of a coming typhoon or weather disturbance.
President Benigno Aquino, last year, ordered the modernization of weather monitoring/forecasting equipments in the country to avoid loss of lives during rainy season.
Around 20 typhoons enter the country area of responsibility every year, with 6 to 9 of these, making landfall. (JPA/MVC/PIA9-ZBST)