Pagasa-DOST warns against fake posts of Super Typhoon hitting Phl

Maris Federez   •   July 26, 2021   •   247

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration-Department of Science and Technology (Pagasa-DOST) has issued a warning against several posts currently circulating online and being shared on various social media platforms stating that there is a tropical cyclone named “Maria” that will be hitting the country as a “Super Typhoon”.

Pagasa issued the following clarification, through a statement released on Sunday (July 25), to prevent unwanted panic on the part of the public.

It said that based on all available data, “apart from Typhoon Infa and Tropical Storm “Nepartak” outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), there are no other tropical cyclones that are expected to enter the PAR and affect the Philippine landmass within the next 3-5 days.”

Pagasa advised the public to only get information being released by the agency through the following official accounts:

  • Website: bagong.pagasa.dost.gov.ph
  • Facebook: Dost_pagasa
  • Twitter: @dost_pagasa
  • YouTube: DOST-PAGASA WEATHER REPORT

The state weather bureau also urged the public to undertake precautionary measures, continue monitoring for updates, and remain vigilant against unofficial information coming from unverified sources.

Gaze into the sky and witness a supermoon on April 27

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Hope for clear skies as the full moon on Tuesday (April 27) will be a supermoon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

The state weather bureau said the moon will appear bigger and brighter than a regular full moon during its peak from 11:22 to 11:32 p.m.

The full moon will have a perigee distance of 357,378 kilometers (km) away from Earth, which is the “closest that the moon comes to the earth in its elliptic orbit.”

PAGASA said the term ‘supermoon’, popularized by astrologer Richard Nolle, is astrological in origin and has no precise astronomical definition. AAC

PAGASA warns public vs scammers using agency’s name to solicit money

Robie de Guzman   •   March 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday warned the public against unscrupulous individuals posing as officials of the agency to extort money from their victims.

PAGASA said it issued the warning after receiving a report that an email had been sent to a contractor by someone pretending to be a PAGASA official to solicit donations to a certain foundation.

“We do not tolerate and detest that misrepresentation,” the state weather agency said in an advisory.

“Please be advised that no individuals or organization are authorized to use the name of PAGASA, its officials, and employees for a favor,” it added.

The agency urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they received any similar messages or calls seeking solicitation using its name.

PAGASA Public Information Unit may be reached via telephone number (02) 8284-0800 local 102 to 103 or send an email at information@pagasa.dost.gov.ph.

TD Vicky maintains strength, moves closer to northern-central Palawan

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Vicky maintained it strength as it moves westward towards the northern-central area of Palawan, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

According to their 2:00 p.m. bulletin, Vicky still has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. PAGASA reported it can intensify into a tropical storm once it reaches the West Philippine Sea.

Heavy to intense rain will be experienced over CALABARZON, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Isabela, Aurora, Marinduque, and the northern and central portions of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Metro Manila, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and the rest of mainland Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Visayas.

The state weather bureau also warned floods and landslides could still occur in several areas in the country. Vicky is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon or evening (December 20). AAC

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