The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said over the weekend that its regionalization program was ongoing including their forecastign station at El Salvador, Misamis Oriental and it hoped to complete the project within two to three years.
PAGASA Administrator Dr. Prisco Nilo on Sunday told the Philippines News Agency at the sidelines of the three-day 15th DOST-PAGASA media seminar-workshop held at the San Roque Dam in San Manuel, Pangasinan, that the five regional centers already established by the state weather bureau were now operational, but still needed to enhance its human resources and equipment.
The five existing regional centers are enough to complement their central operations in Quezon City.
Aside from El Salvador in Misamis Oriental for Northern Mindanao, other regional centers are located in: Tuguegarao City and Legazpi City for Luzon; Cebu for Visayas; and Davao for the Southern Mindanao region.
The local forecasters in these centers, who can make modifications in their reports, such as mentioning specific provinces of locations that would be in the pathway of a typhoon.
However, any modification in a regional center’s forecast must be relayed to the central office to avoid confusion by the public.
Photo below shows the El Salvador Station as of September this year.