Saturday, February 23, 2013

PMS Convention

I attended the 2-day convention of the Philippine Meteorological Society (PMS) in Quezon City, last February 21-22, a good way to celebrate my birthday.  The theme was, “Today’s Meteorologist: Scaling up Effective Early Warning Services (EWS)”. It served as a venue to present the recent hydrometeorological hazards, which are becoming more frequent and more intense. As a new member, it was a great experience for me. Recent developments and studies in the EWS were presented. A Japanese researcher presented about micro satellites. They’re really smart; it looked like they were just manufacturing a DIY auto rotisserie.

The convention was really successful and I learned a lot. During the last part, I was given the task to give a reflection of the activity:

As a METEOROLOGIST, it opened my mind to opportunities: opportunity to learn and master a field in meteorology like weather forecasting, flood forecasting or in aviation; opportunity to maximize the use of these newly developed systems especially in the Visayas region, like the Hydromet Decision Support System (HDSS), Community Based Flood Early Warning System (CBFEWS), and the Rainfall Warning System (RWS)

As WOMAN, it reminded me that I could be an active partner of dissemination of information, and I could be an agent of resilience.

And as a PUBLIC SERVANT, I am more challenged to provide accurate information, in a timely manner and in a way that is understandable to the stakeholders.

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