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PGMA directs DOST to lead Task Group on Atmospheric Activities

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Manila (18 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has directed the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to lead a Task Group on Atmospheric Activities to transform the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (PAG-ASA) into a world class atmospheric and metrological facility.

This directive of the President was issued through Executive Order No. 774 "Reorganizing the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change (PTFCC)," which she signed on December 26, last year.

For this purpose, a Filipino Scientist Program on Atmospheric Sciences will be immediately incorporated into the DOST Research and Development Program to attract t the best Filipino minds, both in the Philippines and abroad, to develop the Filipino capability for weather sciences.

In the reorganized PTFCC, the President Arroyo serves as chairperson and all sectors under the Office of the President (OP) are directed to cooperate with one another toward the fulfillment of the vision and goals of sustainable development.

The cabinet secretaries are also designated PTFCC members and all their offices are tasked to immediately practice proper Solid Waste Management, the most basic form of environmental responsibility, pursuant to the Solid Waste Act.

Every Friday of the week, the President or the Presidential Adviser on Climate Change (PACC) will personally visit government offices, to help in the implementation of the aforesaid discipline.

The weekly visits will continue until it shall be proclaimed that the mindsets of the people have been converted into attitudes and practices of environment Conservation, Protection and Restoration (CPR). (PIA 10) [top]

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