Modernization of PAGASA Legazpi station underway
by MA Loterte
Legazpi City (19 June) -- Upgrading of the equipment and facilities of the weather station of Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is expected to be completed within the year for the establishment of the Southern Luzon PAGASA Regional Services Division here.
Mr. Nathaniel Cruz, OIC of the Office of the Deputy Administrator for Operation and Services, averred the modernization of the weather station here entails that SL-PRSD will be equipped with similar equipment and facilities of PAGASA Central Office that will certainly improve weather forecasting in times of typhoons and other weather disturbances.
Cruz, along with other officials of PAGASA central office, was in this city for the Typhoon and Flood Awareness two-day road show holding dialogue with the local media and local disaster coordinating councils on June 14-15.
He said PAGASA synoptic station here will be equipped with the necessary instruments for accurate severe weather forecasting, adding that communications equipment will also be enhanced to facilitate timely dissemination of severe weather bulletins.
He also disclosed one Doppler radar, acquired through Japan International Cooperation Agency grant-aid, will also be installed in Virac, Catanduanes to serve the Bicol region, on the other hand, the present installation in Virac will be transferred to Daet station in Camarines Norte.
He explained unlike the conventional radar used presently by PAGASA, the US and Japan-made Doppler radar is very capable of detecting incoming thunderstorm, rainfall intensity and wind speed.
Bicol will now have 10 weather stations and will be reporting to the SL-PRSD once the project is completed.
Earlier in a media conference, Albay Gov. Joey Salceda, who also chairs the Regional Development Council (RDC) in Bicol, said that the establishment of a regional forecasting center is a very welcome development for Bicol region that will provide the public accurate, relevant, and time information concerning weather disturbances. (PIA V) [top]