WITH its state-of-the-art equipment and highly-trained forecasters, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) plays a stellar role in nation building.
Established on Dec. 8, 1972, PAGASA is mandated to issue flood and typhoon warnings, public weather forecasts and advisories, and other “specialized” information and services.
It provides adequate, up-to-date data and timely information on atmospheric, astronomical and other weather-related phenomena using the advances achieved in the realm of science and technology.
In fact, early weather advisories enabled the nation’s farmers to save a total of P26.5 billion worth of agricultural crops – palay and corn – from the onslaught of powerful Typhoons “Quinta” and “Rolly.”
In the view of many people, including government officials, these early weather advisories enabled the public to prepare for the arrival of the two destructive howlers, notably Super Typhoon “Rolly.”
The Department of Agriculture (DA) said that farmers were able to harvest their palay and corn a week or two before Typhoons “Quinta” and “Rolly” brought strong winds and intense rainfall.