Bacolod to set up own weather station

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012


THE Bacolod City Government will set up its own local weather station after it received a rain gauge facility composed of a console, metrilog and integrated sensor suite (ISS) that can read wind direction, volume, speed and weather humidity.

Joemarie Vargas, City Disaster Risk Reduction Management head, said this weather equipment has been provided by the Weather Philippines Foundation Inc. of the Aboitiz Power Inc. and Union Bank.

The facility is intended to help in weather forecasting and disaster risk reduction management of the city.

Weather Philippines Inc. has partnered with the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) in selecting the recipients of the equipment.

Its general manager Celso Caballero said the donation is part of the Aboitiz corporate social responsibility and commitment to cover 80 units of automated weather station facilities to members of the League of Provinces and 130 members of the League of Cities.

The findings of the automated weather station facility will not in any way conflict with the findings of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) but will augment the findings of the weather bureau.

A total of 23 units were turned over to the cities in Panay and Negros islands, including Danao City in Cebu on October 4.

Local government personnel of these cities underwent a one-day installation and maintenance training held at the Iloilo City Hall.

Mark Vornhusen, Metromedia senior vice president who sold these units to Aboitiz, said each unit costs US$2,500 or roughly P100,000.

The unit is a combined technology from the United States, Switzerland and Australia.

The weather station package will use solar power with a range of radio transmission from 60 meters to 120 meters up to 300 meters if there is a line of sight.

The distance from the console to sensor or location should not exceed 100 meters.

It has a global radiation sensor and UV sensor exposed by direct sunlight.

Such facility will be installed at the Bacolod Government Center roof deck by a team led by Engr. Allan Agbones. (CNC)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 16, 2012.

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