Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The Department of Science and Technology has signed a deal with the Department of National Defense to establish the weather bureau's latest Doppler radar station at the naval base in Romulo Espladon, Lower Calarian, Zamboanga. Once this latest Doppler radar is installed next year, it is expected to enhance the government's capacity to predict weather disturbances and effectively prevent death and destruction.
Science Secretary Mario Montejo said that the installation of the Doppler radar station was part of the government's campaign to achieve zero casualties in times of calamity. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that the Zamboanga Doppler radar station would be the third to be set up in Mindanao. PAGASA Administrator Nathaniel Servando adds that there are currently 15 Doppler stations in the country.
For a country that gets hit by 20-24 typhoons every year, advanced weather forecasting equipment such as Doppler radars should be an absolute necessity. These radars that cost anywhere from 60 million to 100 million pesos, have given our weather forecasters the unprecedented ability of estimating the amount of rainfall, detecting strong winds, knowing the velocity and amount of moisture in a cloud formation, and predicting typhoon movements more accurately. If there is one achievement that the administration of President Benigno Aquino can be proud of, it would be the installation of these multiple Doppler radar sites over such a short period of time.
The country's 16 th Doppler radar station assures us that our weather forecasters can always prepare us for the worst, no matter where the weather disturbance may be. Let us hope that the DOST and the PAGASA will not only take advantage of the support of this administration to continue to improve their coverage and accuracy, but will also do their best to ensure that these investments will work properly for the rest of their economic lives.*