Because of the said incident, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III warned the PAG-ASA for failing to give earlier warning about the changes in the direction of typhoon Basyang. “This is the last time that this is going to happen,” Aquino told officials of the PAG-ASA.
But can we really blame the PAG-ASA? With their stone-age equipments it is hard to give reliable weather forecasts. Japan promised to sponsor three Doppler radars which will be operational on 2013 yet. Can we still wait for 3 years with almost twenty typhoons hitting the country each year? I think it is about time that the government gives priority to PAG-ASA. The agency needs 1.8 billion for the state-of-the-art equipments and telecommunications upgrade. A very big amount but nothing compared to the pork barrels of the congressmen and budget of the senators.