DOST launches its own weather channel

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) on Monday launched and officially started online broadcasts of DOSTv, touted as the “Filipino Weather Channel.”

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DOSTv will air over the Internet everyday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at http://www.dostv.ph.

It can also be accessed at www.dostv.ph/youtube and www.science.ph.

The channel will feature the latest weather updates and forecasts, as well as science and technology stories in the country.

According to Richard Burgos, DOST-Science and Technology Information Institute director, DOSTv is four years in the making.

It aims to reach a wider audience in bringing the latest news on science and technology developments in the Philippines, Burgos said.

During its initial broadcast, DOSTv showcased Diwata-1, the first Filipino microsatellite, which was sent into orbit last April 27.

The broadcast showed the vital role of Diwata-1 in forecasting the daily weather in the Philippines and the people behind Diwata’s development.

It also aired DOSTv’s originally produced documentary entitled Unos (Storm), which followed the lives of people living in a permanently flooded area.

Aside from life stories, DOSTv will also highlight news and live interviews on interesting programs, projects, innovations, personalities and advances in the local science and technology community.

DOSTv’s weather updates, Burgos said, are important factors in decision-making, such as in events planning.

In adverse conditions, he added, weather updates are important in disaster preparedness, especially in areas prone to flooding, landslides and other hazards.

Produced by DOST through DOST-STII and Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Administration Services Administration (Pagasa), DOSTv is the science department’s latest initiative in helping the country to be more prepared for disasters and more aware of S&T developments.

Its online presence, Burgos said, assures the public of a reliable and accurate source of real-time weather information for daily activities of households, schools, communities and big industries such as tourism, aviation and shipping.

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