PAGASA To Build R100-M Western Visayas Weather Station In Iloilo

5 July 2012

ILOILO CITY, Iloilo - The country's weather bureau will build a P100-million weather station for Western Visayas in Iloilo City.

This was disclosed by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) administrator Dr. Nathaniel Servando during the regional kickoff of the National Disaster Consciousness Month Tuesday, July 3.

The new Western Visayas PAGASA station to be funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will be built before yearend on a lot donated by the Department of Agriculture in region 6 (DA-6) in Buntatala, Jaro, this city.

Said weather station will feature a Doppler radar, a highly advanced weather monitoring system.

''This will enhance our weather forecasting and typhoon warning systems,'' Servando said.

PAGASA currently does not have a weather station in Western Visayas after the agency vacated its Iloilo City synoptic station in 2011 and assigned its personnel to Cebu. However, DOST-6 regional director Rowena Gelonga informed that a dozen automated weather stations (AWS) and 13 automated rain gauges (ARGs) installed in Aklan, Iloilo and Negros Occidental provinces provide the region with real-time weather data.

Such real-time data from AWS and ARGs can be accessed by local government units (LGUs) at the website of the Philippine Real-time Environmental Data Acquisition and Interpretation for Climate-related Tragedy Prevention and Mitigation (PREDICT).

The website provides wind direction, wind speed, air pressure, air temperature, air humidity, amount of rain, and rain duration.

Gelonga said LGUs and their disaster risk reduction councils can prepare or respond properly with real-time information.

Meanwhile, PAGASA-DOST has recently conducted a seminar-workshop to familiarize them with LGU representatives in interpret data from AWS and ARGs.