Palace defends PAGASA on wrong projections

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 27 2012 05:57 PM | Updated as of Dec 28 2012 04:51 PM

MANILA - Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda defended state agencies for their alleged wrong projections on the track of typhoon Quinta, which weakened today to a low pressure area (LPA).

Media pointed out that in its initial projections, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Quinta would make landfall at Dinagat Islands.

Instead, it made landfall at Homonhon Island in Samar.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, meanwhile, based its projections on PAGASA’s report.

Lacierda pointed out that storms cannot be controlled.
He maintained that the two agencies are already more pro-active when it comes to informing the public on projected storm paths.

He also stressed that for the most part, the agencies' projections have been accurate.