Changes coming to PAGASA's typhoon alerts

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 16 2017 05:26 PM

MANILA - The state weather bureau is set to modify its system of providing updates on typhoons and other weather events, aiming to better inform and prepare the public through focusing on the impact of an incoming weather disturbance.

Esperanza Cayanan, weather division chief at the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said Friday that the agency would revise its impact warning signals system to focus on the expected effects of storms. 

"Ang bibigyan natin ng emphasis ay 'yung epekto nito sa agriculture, sa transportation, sa key sectors," she said in a press conference at the PAGASA office in Quezon City.

Under the new system, there would be a corresponding expected impact for every storm signal. For example, when typhoon signal No. 4 is raised, it would mean the possible closure of roads due to fallen trees, collapse of bridges and total power disruption.

PAGASA's regional offices will also provide area-specific warnings on landslides and storm surges.

While PAGASA continued to provide up-to-date weather information, Cayanan said it was important for the public to play its part: know the meaning of storm signal color codes and act accordingly. 

PAGASA meanwhile said there were no indications that La Niña or El Niño, the cool and warm phases of the Pacific climate cycle, would hit the country this year.

The weather bureau also said the country would experience a longer daytime on June 21 due to the summer solstice.