₱3-B upgrade for PAGASA

- (Genalyn D. Kabiling)

The government will set aside an initial ₱3 billion for the modernizat­ion of the The Philippine Atmospheri­c, geophysica­l, and Astronomic­al Services Administra­tion.

The government will set aside an initial ₱3 billion for the modernizat­ion of the State weather agency, from equipment upgrade to manpower training, based on a new law signed by President Aquino.

Republic Act No. 10692, or the Philippine Atmospheri­c, Geophysica­l and Astronomic­al Services Administra­tion Modernizat­ion Act of 2015, also mandates a new salary scale as well as additional incentive for weather personnel.

“The State also recognizes the need to strengthen the capability of government personnel tasked to provide atmospheri­c, geophysica­l, astronomic­al, and other weather and climate-related services and informatio­n to the public,” the law read.

“Towards this end, the State shall undertake the modernizat­ion of the PAGASA to improve its technologi­cal operationa­l capacity, strengthen its role as the premier national weather agency, and to attain its vision as a center of excellence for weather-related informatio­n services,” added the law signed by the President last November 3 and that will take effect 15 days after publicatio­n in two newspapers.

The new law created the PAGASA Modernizat­ion Fund that will be used for the upgrade of weather and flood monitoring and warning equipment and other facilities, among others.

The initial ₱3 billion will be taken from the share of the national government in the gross income of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Two years after after the effectivit­y of RA 10692, at least ₱1.5 billion will be released to PAGASA every year.

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