3 municipalities in ZamboSur, Sibugay recipients of automated weather stations PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 June 2011 14:21

PAGADIAN CITY – People in the municipalities of Vincenzo Sagun and Molave, Zamboanga del Sur, and Buug, Zamboanga Sibugay are now better prepared in times of disaster following the installation of early warning devices by PAG-ASA, the government’s weather bureau to ensure the provision of accurate warnings to the people on the status of weather prevailing in the two provinces.

DOST supervising research specialist Jerry Parot, engineer, said the automated weather stations (AWS), a national project of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) were installed on June 1 by the PAG-ASA deployment team headed by its chief Ruben Rojo, and DOST- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) science research specialists Harold Bryan Paler and Rojan Eusebio.

The AWS which costs P250,000 each is a modern weather tracking device that can do remote meteorological measurements and send data on a real-time basis.
“The device can determine wind speed and direction, atmospheric pressure, and the intensity of the rain,” Parot said.

The deployment of these modern weather tracking equipment, Parot said would eliminate subjective weather forecasting through real-time monitoring of weather disturbances.

The nationwide deployment of 100 AWS in the country is an undertaking of the Development of Hybrid Weather Monitoring System and Production of Weather and Rain Automated Stations Project, which is implemented through joint efforts of the DOST-ASTI and the DOST-PAGASA. --GIDEON C. CORGUE