PAGASA gets funds to upgrades facilities

To improve the Philippines’ disaster preparedness, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has allotted P425 million to upgrade the country’s weather and forecasting facilities.

DBM Secretary Florencio Abad said in a statement Monday that the improvements will “minimize the economic and social impact of climate change” and save human lives.

Of the total, P150 million will be used to enhance the Doppler radar network of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

PAGASA will install newly purchased radars in Antique, Palawan and Zamboanga Peninsula to complete the Doppler radar network’s coverage in the country.

“Better, real-time monitoring of typhoons, flooding and disasters will benefit sectors across the board including aviation, maritime and shipping, agriculture and trade sectors whose operations are severely hampered by weather disturbances,” Abad said.

Aside from the additional radars, P275 million is set to establish a National Meteorological and Climate Center (NMCC) to improve the forecasting of typhoon movement, intensity, and rainfall.

Under the Department of Science and Technology, NMCC will be equipped with research laboratories, weather and climate prediction centers for information-sharing, consultancy and other technical assistance.

The budget secretary noted that the investments in weather forecasting are in line with the national four-point action plan for disaster preparedness.

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