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PAG-ASA assures purchase of new doppler radars

by Roberto M. Cabardo

Cebu City (8 June) -- Allegation of inaccurate weather forecasts of the country's weather bureau will be hopefully over soon as the Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Astronomical and Space Administration (PAG-ASA) announces the acquisition of Doppler radars which will installed in various locations in the country.

In a press conference yesterday, PAG-ASA Administrator Prisco Nilo said that the purchase of Doppler radars became possible through funding from the Office of the President, Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA), and other non-government organizations.

Nilo said that the acquisition of the said equipment is important for their office to have a more enhanced observation and analysis of the weather in the country. However, the official also warned that weather forecasting is not a perfect science.

"Even Mathematics is not a perfect science, there will always be some margin of error," said Nilo.

In the Visayas, PAG-ASA is installing 2 Doppler radars which will be situated in Guian in the province of Samar and the other in Mactan Island in Cebu.

There is just one growing problem in the weather bureau though, an official from PAG-ASA disclosed that it actually has sufficient equipment but many of the forecasters are pirated by weather forecasting institutions abroad leaving the office with no choice but to keep training others to become meteorologists.

The Philippines being a typhoon prone country is visited by an average of 20 typhoons annually. A phenomenon that has affected not only people's lives but also sources of water, livestock, and crops that can be detrimental to the Philippine economy especially in the agricultural sector.

Last year, the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics Director Romeo Recide said that the country lost about 1.2 percent of the total rice yield due to weather disturbances. (PIA 7) [top]

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