Benguet receives automated weather facility

By Susan C. Aro


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The provincial government is a recipient of an automated weather facility that gives a localized picture of current and future weather conditions.

The facility, a technology of a company in Switzerland, is an electronic devices that senses, measures, and transmits meteoroligical data of wather conditions.

The Weather Philippines Foundation of the Aboitiz Group of Companies oriented and trained 25 provincial representatives in Luzon including Benguet, on the maintenance and installation of the automated weather device last June 21 at the Provincial Capitol.

Five provinces were trained earlier to be followed by series of trainings, as the project is targetting to distributed 1,000 units nationwide until next year, according to League of Provinces Director for Program Development Roberto Limbago. “But 400 units will be initially distributed and installed within the year,” he said.

Limbago said the facility is meant to augment and complement information system of PAGASA. Relevant data that could be generated include rainfall, humidity, wind velocity, and direction, he added.

Local government units could access local weather date and enhanced information as the facility has the capacity to predict a seven-day weather condition in preparation for disaster risk reduction activities, and do preventive and mitigating measures in the provinces, Limbago added.

The weather system will have a cnetral command office in Manila and will be hooked up with PAGASA, which gives the official weather pronouncement, according to Limbago. He said the facility will also be installed in major ports, airports, military areas, and power facilities to augment existing weather facilities.

“This is not a solution to the existing capability of weather forecasting but is a part of the solution,” Limbago stressed.

The long-term plan is to have a more enhanced system that could generate enough data in predicting better weather probabilities in the future, he further said.

The weather device is beneficial in the agriculture sector such that farmers could program their activities and determine when to harvest their crop, according to Governor Nestor Fongwan.

The project is part of the Corporate Social Responsibility of the Aboitiz Group of Companies in collaboration with the League of Municipalities and the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).#