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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Public hearing on PAG-ASA modernization set Apr 28-29

TAGBILARAN CITY, April 26 (PIA)--The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), for which the country's weather bureau falls under, is conducting a public hearing on the proposed implementing rules of the PAG-ASDA Modernization Act, on April 28-29 at the Bohol Tropics Resort. 

Invited to the activity are participants that includes LGUs, academe, NGO’s, PDRRMO’s, Farmers, Fisher folks and Shipping industry as well as members of the local media. 

This is in line with the recent enactment of Republic Act 10692, according to Venus R. Valdemoro, OIC of the PAGASA Public Information Unit, Public Information and Training Section–Research and Development and Training Division (RDTD) 

The country's weather bureau, or the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has recently presented a draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) after the country enacted the PAG-ASA modernization Act. 
The Act provides for the modernization of the country's weather forecasting bureau and provides for its initial modernization phase of three years and funds to the tune of P3 billion to be used for the duration and continues to modernize and constantly update its operational capabilities to keep up pace with global best practices in weather forecasting and monitoring. 

Article 8 of the said law bares the components of PAG-ASA modernization which includes its physical resources and operational techniques, enhancement of its research and development capability and establishment of regional weather centers

It also calls for the establishment of PAG-ASA data center, the creation of the agency's human resource development program, the enhancement of weather data collection and information dissemination services, public weather information, education and advocacy program as well as development of regional and international cooperation programs. 

Along this line too, PAG-ASA invites people who could provide significant and valuable insights about the proposed IRR. 

The comments and suggestions from the participants will also further to help PAGASA in improving its existing products and services, Valdemoro said. 

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