Thursday, July 15, 2010

Palace defends Aquino for reprimanding PAGASA

 People criticized Aquino for being hard on the remaining 14 meterologists of the country, the head of which was on leave to work in Australia. 

Palace defends Aquino dismay over Pagasa forecasts 

Malacañang said Thursday President Aquino was not out of line for berating the country’s weather forecasters for failing to predict that Typhoon Basyang would hit Metro Manila Tuesday.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Mr. Aquino was dismayed because other government agencies relied on the forecast of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

The Department of Social Welfare and Development
, for instance, was dependent on the Pagasa advisory because it could pre-position relief goods in areas most likely to be hit by floods.

“We have all the other agencies doing their job based on the prediction of Pagasa,” Lacierda said in a press conference.

No comments: