Meteorologists' wages among highest in gov't: DOST

By Fidea Encarnacion,

Posted at Jun 09 2014 04:54 PM | Updated as of Jun 10 2014 12:54 AM

MANILA – Compared to other agencies and positions offered by the government, Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo said that meteorologists of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) receive more, in terms of basic salary.

In an interview on ANC’s “Headstart,” Montejo shared that the basic salary offered to meteorologists of PAGASA is around P25,000 gross, plus an estimate of P10,000 for benefits.

On the other hand, senior weather specialists get P33,800 gross, plus benefits.

“They get around almost P25,000 starting pay, plus a little more than P10,000 on benefits… [while] senior weather specialists earn P33,800 gross, plus benefits.”

According to Montejo, the wages are competitive compared to what private companies and other government agencies offer.

"We have one of the highest among government workers, and I think that's comparable, even to private," he said.

He said they train engineering and technical graduates for a year to become meteorologists. A few would continue taking up masteral degrees.

“Because meteorologist is not really a degree, we train either engineering graduates or technical graduates for one year in PAGASA, or they go to a masteral in Ateneo. After which, they are [called] meteorologist specialist.”

Montejo said that PAGASA has been moving towards expanding the scope of what meteorologists can be trained for, enabling them to know more than just weather forecasting.

“We are trying to expand the appreciation of the meteorologist, not only in weather forecasting, not only in tracking typhoon, but in knowing the effects of weather.”

Although wages stand comparable, Montejo calls on the Congress to look on giving a higher grade salary for meteorologist specialists.

“We welcome the congress in recognizing the contribution of our scientists and technical people, maybe in having a different salary grade than the normal.”