South Cotabato ▼
Koronadal City ▼
General Santos City
Weather monitoring stations to be installed in South Cotabato
Philippine Information Agency
By Danilo E. Doguiles
South Cotabato will have at least three new facilities to monitor weather conditions and possible climatic disturbances in the province.
John Lorca, disaster response coordinator of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) said an Automatic Weather Station (AWS) will be installed inside the provincial capitol, this city.
Talks are also on-going between the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) and their office about the installation of a weather monitoring station in Banga town, Lorca added.
Meanwhile, the city government of Koronadal is also finalizing plans with the Department of Science and Technology for the installation of an AWS in the vicinity of the city hall in Brgy. Carpenter Hill.
Lorca explained the AWS in the provincial capitol compound, which may be mounted atop the Finance Building, is an initiative of the League of Provinces in the Philippines (LPP) in cooperation with the AboitizPower and its social responsibility arm Weather Philippines Foundation (WPF) with technology partner Meteomedia Philippines and UnionBank of the Philippines.
“The equipment will gather weather data from Koronadal City and South Cotabato and transmit these to the server of WPF in Manila,” he said.
He added that the real benefit it will give the province would be the provision of three to five days of weather forecast.
The equipment is capable of capturing atmospheric and meteorological data such as rainfall, wind speed and direction, humidity, and temperature, according to the project briefer.
It said the instrument, which was based on a technology developed by a company based in Switzerland, mainly senses, measures, and transmits meteorological data of weather conditions
The LGU has direct access of the weather readings because it is equipped with a monitoring screen that records the data sent to the server. Monitoring will be done by the PDRRMO.
Lorca said, with this facility and the data it provides the provincial could easily alert residents who are in harm’s way, such as those living along the Allah River.
The AWS costs US$57,000, Lorca said.
Lorca also confirmed that Pagasa has also contacted them on Monday for the installation of a weather monitoring facility, possibly in nearby Banga town.
“But I suggested that the facility will be installed either in T’boli or Lake Sebu,” he said, “for us to be able measure rainfall in the Upper Valley area.”
He explained that both municipalities are within the area of a rainforest where precipitation differs as compared the lower areas like Koronadal. Thus, with the AWS at the provincial capitol compound and the Pagasa weather monitoring facility in the Upper Valley, the province would be provided with a more comprehensive weather data.
Lorca expects Pagasa personnel to visit the province within this month for this purpose.
Meanwhile, Koronadal City Engineering Office head, Engr. Ruel Tianchon confirmed DOST will be putting up an AWS in Koronadal City.
Mayor Peter Miguel has already identified an area at the back of city hall in Koronadal City where it will be installed, he said.
The local chief executive is now awaiting authority from the Sangguniang Panglungsod to enter into an agreement with DOST on the matter before negotiations could be finalized, Tianchon added. (DEDoguiles/PIA 12)
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