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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) will soon establish a Doppler radar system and a Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Regional Weather Bureau in Albay. The Bureau, dubbed as the Southern Luzon Weather Region (SLWR), will provide weather forecasting and warning services to the six provinces of Bicol that included Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and the island provinces of Catanduanes and Masbate.
Albastro said the establishment of an SLWR is in line with the agencies regionalization program and capability building aimed at providing fast services to the public, specially in times of natural calamities.
Salceda, meanwhile, said the partnership aims to identify and develop viable local development initiatives and undertakings that require S&T interventions. It will also promote advocacy addressing climate change, disaster management and adaptation and mitigation measures.
Salceda said the DOST has put up some P594.3 million to finance the set up of a regional weather bureau, purchase of doppler radar and other equipments that would upgrade the services of Pagasa and Phivolcs.
Source: DOST, Albay sign agreement on climate change adaptation program, Philippine Information Agency
Author: MA Loterte