The Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) aimed at helping building resilient community, early warning system through 4G’s good forecast, good communication, good decision, go and take action, launched its new website.
The new website, in addition to the information from the old website features, has the 5 day weather outlook, current weather in real time and meteogram/ hourly forecast. It has an hourly forecast for the day in one graph, with comprehensive presentation of the different weather elements such as temperature, precipitation, atmosphere pressure, and wind.
Included also are contour maps that visualizes various near near-real time weather information on weather parameters generated from Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) located across the country.
It also carries a re-organized menu of PAGASA outputs and services, categorized and grouped for easier navigation in both desktop and mobile and lastly, the new website also contains current alerts and advisories for light to severe hazard and weather disturbances at a glance.
DOST-PAGASA administrator Dr. Vicente Malano, made very clear that after this soft launching, refinement will be done to include the provision of impact – based forecasting and warning for flood, storm surge, severe winds, PUMIS data that are analyzed maps and climate projections.
In April to May this year, under the operation of the new website, communication activities are lined up such as promotion, information and education campaign and press conference, capacity building for LGUs and other stakeholders will be conducted before the official launching.
The soft launch held at Cocoon Hotel, Timog Avenue, Quezon City on January 10, 2018 was headed by DOST Secretary Fortunato de la Pena. Also present were DOST officials Undersecretary Renato Salidum, Undersecretary Rowena Guevara, Duty Executive Director Raul Sabularse of PCIEERD and representatives from OCD and DILG who are the number one users of the website as disaster preparedness agencies concerned. PAGASA key officials were also present.