Panay, Negros cities get automated weather facility

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Thursday, October 4, 2012


ILOILO City recently received an automated weather station facility from 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 Government.

Weather Philippines partnered with the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) in selecting the recipients to install the facility composed of console, metrilog and integrated sensor suite (ISS) or rain gauge that will read wind direction, volume and speed and weather humidity.

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Weather Philippines general manager Celso Caballero said the donation is part of Aboitiz corporate social responsibility (CSR) and commitment to cover 80 units of automated weather station facilities to members of the league of provinces and 130 for 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 Services Administration (Pagasa) but will in fact, augment the findings of the weather bureau, Caballero added.

A total of 23 units were turned over to cities in Panay and Negros islands, including Danao City in Cebu on Thursday, October 4. Local government personnel of these cities undergo a one-day installation and maintenance training held at the Iloilo City Hall roof deck on the same time.

Mark Vornhusen, Meteomedia senior vice president who sold the units to Aboitiz, said that each unit cost some US$2,500 or roughly some P100,000. The unit is a combined technology from the United States, Switzerland and Australia, he added.

The weather station package will use solar power, with a range of radio transmission 60 to 120 meters up to 300 meters if there is a line of sight. The distance from the console to sensor location should not exceed 100 meters.

It has global radiation sensor and UV sensor exposed by direct sunlight. It will be installed at the City Hall roof deck.

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