DOST, cable providers coming up with 24/7 weather TV station

MANILA, Philippines --- To strengthen the country's disaster prevention and mitigation initiatives, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Cable Television Association (PCTA), Inc. are coming up with a 24-hour, seven-day (24/7) television channel.

Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro, director of DOST's Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII), relayed this to the Manila Bulletin yesterday.

He said DOSTv is geared at a playing vital role in the government's effort to prevent and mitigate the effects of disaster on Filipinos, their communities, their livelihood, and their properties.

"I am having this for my 'career' right now, the establishment of DOSTv," he said in jest, but at the same time serious about the soon-to-be-broadcasting Filipino weather channel.
Liboro said he just arrived from Tokyo, Japan, where he participated in a conference on disaster management with delegates from various countries sharing their respective experiences.

"Japan already has a very high-technology disaster response system, but still when the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the country in 2011, they still have 20,000 deaths," said Liboro.

The DOST-STII head said Japan is now reviewing its high-tech system, and the Philippines should also be doing the same, said Liboro.

Liboro acknowledged the timeliness of finding ways "to increase the risk reception, mitigate the hazard, and prepare communities" following what he termed "unprecedented meteorological events" that hit the Philippines.

He was apparently referring to the devastation of the monsoon rains (Habagat 2012) in Metro Manila and Super Typhoon "Pablo" in December, also last year, in Mindanao's Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental provinces.

He said DOSTv is targeted for its debut broadcast in May.

PCTA is described as the Philippines' biggest alliance of cable TV providers.

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