Monday, July 11, 2011

PAGASA’s Iloilo Synoptic Station hopes to operate before year end

ILOILO CITY, July 11 (PNA) ? The Iloilo Synoptic Office of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Service Administration (PAGSA) has finally found a home following the closure of its weather station here due to lack of space for its office and facilities months ago.

Engr. Rowen Gelonga, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), said the Department of Agriculture (DA) has granted a space for PAGASA to establish its office at the former’s Western Visayas Integrated Agricultural Research Center (WESVIARC) in Brgy. Hamungaya, Jaro district.

Gelonga said he witnessed last month the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) between PAGASA supervising officer Niel Servando and DA Regional Executive Director Larry Nacionales relative to the site.

“I think anytime soon the PAGASA will start its construction,” he said as he credited city’s lone district Rep. Jerry P. Trenas for requesting a bigger budget for the office and for the DA to accommodate PAGASA.

DA is also expected to benefit from the move as it also needs “data for its climatological studies, researches and development” that could impact on the agriculture sector.

The WESVIARC also hosts DA’s agro-met station and DOST’s automatic weather station (AWS).

Gelonga said that in the absence of the synoptic station, PAGSA is also using data generated by the AWS.

He also said that the AWS is not really just for PAGASA but for local government units (LGUs) to monitor what is happening in their locality.

“They can use data for planning, emergency response and related activities emergency response and related activities emergency response and related activities,” he added.

Personnel of the PAGSA used to be based in Iloilo have been sent to their regional office in Cebu for retraining. (PNA)


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