The government is hopeful that more people will be enticed to work in the state weather agency given the better compensation package being offered.
Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the government has already raised the salary of government personnel, recognizing the vital work of meteorologists in a calamity-prone country. The government’s incentive sought to address its concern that local weathermen are being lured by higher-paying work opportunities abroad
“Palaging problema iyan na iyong ating mga weather forecasters pina-pirate ng iba’t-ibang bansa. Ang solusyon naman po natin diyan ay iyong pagtaas ng Government Standardization Law and we have just implemented another round of salary increase at magpapatuloy naman po iyan (It’s always been a problem that our weather forecasters are pirated by other countries. Our solution is to raise the government standardization law and we just implemented another round of salary increase and that will continue),” Roque said during a Palace press briefing on Monday.
Apart from better pay, Roque said the Filipino nation is grateful to the men and women of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for their key role in saving lives and property.
“As a calamity-prone country, we need to prepare and always be ready for disasters,” he said.
“I think the gratitude of the Filipino nation as well as better pay provided by the Salary Standardization will be incentives for more people to work at the PAGASA,” he added.
Roque issued the remarks amid reports that PAGASA requires at least a dozen more weather forecasters to augment its ranks.
The country is reeling from the destruction caused by a series of typhoons in recent weeks. “Ulysses,” the last typhoon to hit the country last week, triggered floods and landslides that displaced many families from their homes.
Malacañang has commended the country’s frontliners in the rescue and relief efforts following the onslaught of typhoon “Ulysses.” Roque said the entire nation appreciates the hard work of these modern-day heroes assisting calamity victims.
“Kinikilala po talaga natin ang lahat ng ating rescue and search frontliners. Nagpapasalamat po ang Pangulo at ang buong sambayanan sa kanilang kagitingan at sa kanilang katapatan na sa kabila ng pagsubok eh nandoon po sila, binubuwis ang kanilang mga buhay (We recognize all our search and rescue frontliners. The President and the entire nation thank them for their bravery and devotion. Despite the challenges, they are risking their lives),” he said.
“Maraming salamat po. Mga bayani po kayo, kayong mga nagbibigay ng tulong at mga patuloy na naghahanap po ng mga nawawalang nating mga kababayan (Thank you to our heroes, those giving aid and those looking for our missing countrymen),” he said.