PCG & Taiwan plan to set up radars in RP to help forecast the weather

August 17, 2010 9:58 am 

MANILA, Aug. 16 — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) are seriously considering to put up radars to help forecast the weather.

This was among the plans discussed in a meeting between Taiwanese delegation and the PCG, according to Admiral Wilfredo Tamayo, PCG commandant.

“The TECO is interested to put up weather monitoring equipment since the typhoons that pass by the Philippines usually go to Taiwan,” said Tamayo.

The delegation from Taiwan led by Minister of the Taiwan Coast Guard Wang Ging-Wang and TECO representative Donald Lee paid a visit at the PCG headquarters in Port Area, Manila on Monday morning.

“We are discussing the plan of the delegation to beef up the weather alert system,” said Tamayo.

He said if plans push through, at least 10 radars will be put up in eastern side of the Philippines, citing instances that storm would enter the Bicol region, then move to Taiwan or other neighboring countries.

The radars to be set up in the Philippines, according to Tamayo, would help to determine eight hours ahead if storm or typhoon that enters the country would move to Taiwan or not.

Tamayo said they plan to invite the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in the subsequent meetings.

Apart from the matter on the Philippines’ weather monitoring system, the two agencies are committed to strengthen their border monitoring particularly in the aspect of terrorism, drug smuggling, human smuggling and illegal fishing.

The delegation from Taiwan also assured of extending assistance in search and rescue missions, maritime safety and marine environmental protection. (PNA) LOR/JES

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