IN A bid to simplify weather forecasting terms and make them more understandable especially to the common folk and even young children, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has launched an Ingles- Tagalog weather dictionary called “Patnubay sa Weder Forkasting”.

With it, the public can have a quick reference book for technical weather terms that are now translated into Filipino like “daluyong bagyo, pana-panahong hangin” which mean storm surge and occasional winds in English respectively among others.

PAGASA came up with the book in response to the public’s clamor and former President Benigno Aquino III’s call for more understandable weather forecasting in the Philippines.

The book was written in cooperation with the Komisyong sa Wikang Filipino (KWF), and was headed by the counrty’s National Artist for Literature Mr. Virgilio S. Almario.

Aside from Filipino language, the weather dictionary also contains terminologies that are taken from other languages and other local dialects such as Ilokano and Bikolano.

This project aims to strengthen the campaign for a simplified forecast so that the public can easily understand the warnings about the weather condition in their own languages.

Meanwhile, PAGASA Mobile Apps and Simplified Information Materials can be installed using an android phone and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. PAGASA also introduces the upgraded version of their PAGASA Mobile Apps.

There is also their light version of the PAGASA website that contains vital weather information.

Other products unveiled are the simplified information materials created through the collaborative efforts of PAGASA and USAID’s Be Secure Project.

These brochure-type materials contain information and illustrations about La Niña, El Niño, Rainfall Warning System (RWS) and the updated Tropical Cyclone Warning System (TCWS). (Kenneth Valladolid, Trainee)

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