GAPO ACQUIRES AUTOMATED WEATHER STATION
The Olongapo City government recently acquired a Davis Vantage Pro2, an Automated Weather Station (AWS), in line with Mayor Bong Gordon’s thrust to upgrade the city’s disaster risk reduction and management capability.
“The AWS and the forecasts from PAG-ASA will both be information sources that will help us reach speedy decisions regarding risk reduction,” said Mayor Gordon.
Installed at the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO), the AWS can record the basic weather parameters of the locality.
Specifically, it can record the following: wind direction, wind force, prevailing temperature, 24-hour minimum/maximum temperature, barometric pressure, rainfall height, relative humidity, solar radiation and ultraviolet radiation (UV).
The AWS can also forecast the weather conditions of an area for the next hours.
The AWS is being maintained and monitored by a team of professionals composed of Irvin Paras from CDRRMO, Engr. Helson Canero from City Engineering Office, and Engr. Frances Eduarte from the City Planning and Development Office. It can be recalled that Mayor Gordon previously sent the said personnel to a training in Baguio City to learn the operation and maintenance of the AWS .
“The AWS can definitely help us in predicting the weather and in making appropriate decisions particularly in the suspension of classes during the rainy season and in the early evacuation of people residing near high-risk areas,” explained City Disaster Risk Reduction Officer Angie Layug.