PAGASA to put up P110-M radar station in Zambo PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 June 2013 17:38

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) will install a Doppler Radar C-Band station at the Western Mindanao Command military complex in this city within the year.

PAGASA Zamboanga chief Maribel Enriquez said the facility costing about P110 million will come in two phases; construction of the structure and the purchase of the equipment before the end of the year.

She said her office has already bid out the construction of the Doppler building at P24.4 million and the contractor is just waiting for the release of the money for the project by the Department of Public works and Highways (DPWH).

The cost of the radar equipment itself will vary, depending on the manufacturer which will supply and install the equipment.

This Doppler Radar C-Band Station will provide accurate weather forecast and conditions in the Zamboanga peninsula and the Mindanao area because the region is bounded by seas: the Sulu Sea, the Mindanao Sea and the Moro Gulf and further down south the Celebes Sea.

She said the estimate cost of P110 million for the radar is based on stations already put up in other parts of the country.

The Doppler Radar C-Band station will be the third to be established in Mindanao.

The two other PAGASA radar stations are located in Cotabato and Surigao.

All the other regions in Luzon and the Visayas are now provided with their own Doppler Radar Stations comprising a network of 15 radars stations nationwide.

She said all weather radars send out radio waves from an antenna. Pictures of objects in the air, such as raindrops, snow crystals, hailstones or even insects are reflected back to the antenna.

All weather radars, including Doppler, electronically convert the reflected radio waves into pictures showing the location and intensity of weather condition in real time.

“The Doppler radar is expected to help the government to effectively predict the direction, impact and intensity of weather disturbances, including typhoons, approaching the country which will make us better prepared,” she said.

The proposed radar station will be located inside the Western Mindanao Military Command (Wesmincom) and will be helpful to the military in planning military operations, disaster prevention and mitigation in Mindanao through real time weather conditions.

Enriquez said the station will house only the technicians and the equipment while the main PAGASA office will remain at the vicinity of the Zamboanga International Airport. — LS