Albay, DOST-Pagasa to set up automatic weather station

Legazpi City (8 December) -- Mainstreaming climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measure are gaining more grounds in the province of Albay following the joint undertaking of the national and local governments to establish an automatic weather station (AWS) in the first district of the province.

Executive Director Manuel Rangasa of the Center for Initiative and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA) in Albay disclosed that a memorandum of agreement has been recently entered into and by the Provincial Government of Albay and the Department of Science and Technology, through the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), for the implementation of the project.

Rangasa said the automatic weather station will be set up at the Bicol University Campus in Tabaco City, adding that the first district is situated at the so-called Pacific Jinx that is very much vulnerable to all climate related disasters.

The project, according to him, seeks to mainstream climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures into key national and local development planning and regulatory processes.

"We need to enhance the capabilities of key partners and communities to undertake climate resilient development and testing of integrated adaptation approaches with up scaling potentials," he stressed.

The project will be funded under the Millennium Development Goals Fund 1656 project, a joint program partnership by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Spanish Government.

Rangasa also said the establishment of the AWS in the area will primary serve as an early warning and monitoring system for disaster mitigation in the first district of Albay, most especially utilize as means to improve agricultural productivity through a community-based climate information which will be the basis for early warning in areas prone to extreme climate eventualities. (PIA V)