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The Season to Prepare and be Proactive

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Published         27 Sep , 2010      1:55 am          2,242 views.

Bicol and the country is near the homestretch of typhoon season’s end for the year. But should we sit back, relax and wait since there’s about three more months to go?

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (or Pagasa, which is the better and shorter way to refer to the agency) reminded us to expect the following weather systems are expected to affect the nation from October until December.

More of the tail end of a cold front, inter-tropical convergence zone, easterly wave, ridge of high pressure area, the easterlies, and more tropical cyclones. There’s nothing new here, actually. Same old, same old.

Also an added information was that the population should expect rainfall conditions to be above normal in most parts of Luzon, northern Panay, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao and the southern Mindanao region.

The season will contain tropical cyclones with movements on “a more westerly track across central and southern parts of Luzon and Visayas with secondary tracks over northern Mindanao,” Pagasa said in its weather prognostications.

A side note or perhaps, assuring words from Pagasa though that the rest of Luzon, major portions of Visayas and Mindanao will likely experience near normal rainfall conditions. But since the country hosts 19 to 20 cylones annually, there should be some more coming. So far nine cyclones have visited the Philippines this year.

I have been wondering why the weather offfice could not give effective and specific weather conditions on the basis of per locality or area or city or province or region. Whereas in other countries, like the United States and European states, cities and regions get a comprehensive weather outlook dished out by local TV networks.

And please don’t give the people the alibi the country is so poor that it cannot afford to finance modern weather-related instruments when the government has spent lavish budget on other projects and activities that are not related to saving, protecting and preserving human lives and properties.

Was the sacking of the Pagasa chief weatherman by the president an assurance that the general public can now look up to, at the most, hope (pagasa) for on effective weather predictions?

Changing the chief meteorologist doesn’t guarantee better performance when the new guy will be relying on the same instruments left behind by the former official. In the end, many will assess the replacement as more of a cosmetic change and political (paying political debt) move, and nothing more.

Here in Bicol, we do not forget that ugly dream-turned catastrophic reality in 2006, when typhoons and their effects devasted many parts of the region.

The government and the people have plenty of time to prepare. This is not a season of waiting but the full season of preparation. Let’s all get to work.

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