LPA near Davao City dissipates: Pagasa

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

IT'S business as usual for the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Davao City despite the alleged attack of international hackers on its websites.

The incident happened amid the agency's close monitoring of the Low Pressure Area (LPA) approaching Davao City.

Ben Rosales, weather observer of the Pagasa-Davao, said the incident did not hamper their operations in Davao City since they have an alternate website aside from their main website (www.pagasa.gov.ph).

He said Dabawenyos, who wanted to get an update on the current weather outlook in the city, can visit their alternative website at www.kidlat.pagasa.dost.gov.ph for real-time updates.

Rumors have it that the inaccessible website of Pagasa was due to pro-China hackers attacking websites of the Philippine government.

"Kung sa issue sa website, dili ko maka tubag ana, ang mga taga-Manila lang ang naka-balo ana (On the issue regarding the website, I cannot answer you. Only our main office can answer you on that matter)," Rosales said.

He said their operations still continue despite the main website's hacking.

Upon visiting Pagasa's website on Wednesday, an error message would appear on the screen.

The incident happened after the website of the University of the Philippines has been hacked by pro-China hackers who uploaded sentiments regarding Scarborough shoal row.

The hackers, who successfully hacked UP's website wrote that the Scarborough shoal belongs to China.

Meanwhile, Rosales said the LPA, which was sighted approaching Davao City since Monday, has already dissipated.

Rosales, however, said the entire city and its neighboring localities may experience heavy downpour due to wind convergence affecting portions of Mindanao including Davao Region.

"Mindanao will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms," Pagasa said in its alternate website.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 03, 2012.

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