Department of Science and Technology (DOST) launched the new Doppler Radar in Masbate on Tuesday, August 16, 2022.
The new Doppler radar is part of modernization of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
DOST Secretary Renato U. Solidum, Jr. and Masbate 3rd District Congressman Wilton Kho attended the launching of the 18th Doppler radar of the Philippines in Kalasangan Hills, Cataingan, Masbate, jointly attended by DOST, PAGASA, and other LGU officials.
During the ceremony, Solidum explained the importance of the Doppler radar station in Masbate, saying these areas and adjacent regions shall be monitored.
“These areas seem to be blind spots when it comes to doppler radar monitoring,” he said.
Solidum said the Cataingan Doppler radar has dual-polarimetric features, a state-of-the-art facility that can transmit and receive pulses in both horizontal and vertical orientations.
He said it will provide accurate information to weather forecasters in the Bicol Region, including the provinces of Samar, Marinduque, Romblon, and Mindoro.
Solidum also said farmers will get accurate information about the weather and climate in their areas.
“The doppler radar and other information from PAGASA are not only for disasters, but also for agriculture and how we should prepare for the day,” Solidum said.
Solidum said the doppler radar station may also report any volcanic ash activity in the area, to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.
PAGASA Administrator Dr. Vicente B. Malano said the Modernization Act gave PAGASA the green light to begin this modernization initiative, which resulted in the construction of the Masbate facility and improved weather forecasting capabilities for the entire country.