The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Puerto Princesa Station is conducting tests of its newly-installed automatic weather system.

The newly-installed automatic weather system (AWS) by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in Palawan will undergo test runs to determine the accuracy of its gathered data for delivery to their central office.

“Tinitignan pa namin kasi ang lightning detector natin ang monitoring n’yan ay central office namin. Bale ngayon, operational na siya pero nandoon pa siya sa process na tignan ang accuracy kung gaano siya ka-accurate kasi katatapos pa lang din. Parang grace period or trial version,” Allain Joy Lusoc, PAGASA weather observer, said.

(We’re still checking because the monitoring of the lightning detector is done in our central office. Right now, it’s operational but we are still in the process of checking its accuracy. It’s like the grace period or trial version.)

Lusoc said the AWS that has a lightning detector is installed in the PAGASA Puerto Princesa Station.

The central office will monitor the AWS and compare the data collected by the instrument with the observations of the weather bureau staff.

“Itong lightning detector kasama rin ‘yong observation namin, kino-compare kung gaano siya ka-accurate o gaano siya kalayo sa data na na-accumulate naming which is sa manual observation namin,” he added.

(This lightning detector is included in our observation, we’re comparing how accurate it is or how far is it from the data that we’re accumulating through our manual observation.)

The AWS will also help gather data for research purposes and will complement the technical ability of the observer.

Currently, the PAGASA Puerto Princesa Station has two AWS, which part of its modernization plan before 2019 ends.

In 2015, former president Benigno Aquino III signed Republic Act 10692 or the PAGASA Modernization Act.

The law mandates the national weather bureau to modernize its technological operational capacity, physical resources, upgrading of state-of-the-art instruments, equipment, facilities, and systems, with emphasis on weather and flood monitoring and warning and agro-meteorological systems.