MANILA - The exodus of employees of state-weather bureau PAGASA for work abroad is just a normal occurrence, Malacanang said.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. told radio dzRB, “like what the Department of Science and Technology said, it’s just a normal occurrence. It shows that our weathermen have good training and preparation, that is why they get a lot of opportunities.”
He said the government continues to replenish the ranks of weathermen who leave PAGASA.
“The rank is not that thin. There are a lot of weathermen joining the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)."
He said in the last three years, the government has put in place programs and scholarships to ensure that PAGASA will continue to draw meteorologists to its ranks.
The PAGASA union reported last week that 3 more members have left for greener pastures abroad.
Ramon Agustin, president of the Philippine Weathermen Employees Association, said the 3 were hired by the Qatar Bureau of Meteorology.
Bernie de Leon and Ralph Ricahuerta were hired as airport forecasters, and engineer Ralph Soquila, was hired as communications specialist.