Dr. Servando said the Digos City Government has allocated a three thousand square-meter lot for the facility purposely for the establishment of a weather station in Barangay Igpit, Digos City which can be expanded into a Doppler Radar Station in the future.
“Senator Francis Tolentino inserted P110-Million into the PAGASA budget to establish ten new stations, nationwide,” he said.
Servando said of the ten weather stations, four are located in Mindanao particularly in Digos City, Pagadian City, Kabacan, North Cotabato and Lamitan, Basilan.
He said the weather station will not only enhance PAGASA’S warning and monitoring services, it also strengthens the local disaster risk reduction initiatives.
“With the global warming, weather patterns change from time to time,” Servando said.
He recalled that in the past years, seldom they sent warnings to Mindanao which changed in recent years when typhoons Sendong, Pablo and Odette hit the country.
Servando said the information derived from the weather station can be useful to students for various applications at home and for their studies in agriculture and health related research works.
“Local media can immediately use our data without going to cities of Davao and General Santos because our data is now available,” he said.
Servando said the signing of the memorandum of agreement is a start of a meaningful collaboration with the City Government of Digos and PAGASA.
He said PAGASA will hire residents of Digos City as weathermen.
Mayor Josef Fortich Cagas said the city to visit, work and stay also aims to put up a national office in Digos City like the PAGASA.
He hoped that the PAGASA weather station would bring development to Digos City. (JSGD-Davao del Sur)