PAGASA administrator Nathaniel Servando requested to Bataan Governor Enrique Garcia, Jr. to host their one-day information and education campaign on July 11 in which to be also discussed is the use of automated weather station (AWS) for disaster preparedness and monitoring.
“The Department of Science and Technology through PAGASA has embarked in a project that will provide weather monitoring of critical areas in the Philippines through the installation of automatic weather stations as part of its program for the enhancement of weather and flood forecasting and warning devices,” said Servando.
Over 100 participants are expected to attend the seminar including 26 members from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and six members from each local rescue council of Bataan’s 12 municipalities.
Speakers will come from PAGASA and will discuss topics on weather system affecting the Philippines, climate variability and preparedness, flood warning system, AWS operation and maintenance, and visualization and hands-on operation of AWS website and data interpretation.
According to Catalina Cruz, science research specialist of DOST-Bataan, the seminar will provide new knowledge to the local rescue councils because they will be taught of the technical terms relative to weather monitoring.
“We could be more aware and prepared when a disaster strikes. I really would like to attend because the technical terms would be explained,” said Cruz.
PAGASA had already installed two AWS in Bataan last year situated in Mariveles town and in Bataan National High School in Balanga City.
These stations provide real-time weather data that includes the area’s wind direction, wind speed, temperature, air humidity, air pressure, rain amount, and rain duration which will serve as basis for flood and typhoon forecasting. (WLB/JMG PIA-3 Bataan)
Originally Published at www.PIA.gov.ph