By PNA and U.S. News Agency / Asian
Malacañang said that the government has been working on the directive of President Benigno S. Aquino III for the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to use “layman-friendly” terms in their weather bulletins in efforts to let the people easily understand the present weather condition and prepare the dangers that it could bring.
In a press briefing in Malacañang Tuesday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said that the President commended the state weather bureau for keeping up with their responsibilities of informing the public on the hourly weather conditions especially during the occurrence of weather disturbances.
“The President did commend DOST-PAGASA for its effort to update and disseminate the weather updates from last week. The President did also ask them to further work on laymanizing the weather advisories,” Valte said.
“You have seen this happen already in the past week, meron pong concerns about the rainfall signals nung una po kasi yellow, green and then red meron pong mga naging reactions from the public primarily through the social networking sites that were sent to us and sabi po baka pwedeng palitan yung green kasi green exudes calm so hindi po siya appropriate and it was changed midway last week,” she added.
“So, now its yellow, orange and red. We continue to work with DOST-PAGASA on laymanizing their weather update,” Valte further noted.
Acting on the orders of the Chief Executive last week, PAGASA said that they will be using simplified terms in their weather updates. It added that the agency will be avoiding the use of unnecessary technical terms.
The DOST-PAGASA assured the public that the presentation of their hourly reports, particularly the amount of rainfall, can easily be interpreted by the common people. It further said that these reports will be focused not only to inform the people but also to emphasize the possible effects of the weather condition.