Another PAGASA forecaster resigns
Ricky Fabregas, who is going to Congo, joins former PAGASA chief Nathaniel Servando and other weathermen who have left the agency for more lucrative jobs

MANILA, Philippines – Nearly two months after the nation’s weather bureau chief resigned, another weather forecaster is leaving for greener pasture.

A report by the ABS-CBN News Channel said veteran forecaster Ricky Fabregas of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has resigned for a job in the Republic of Congo in Africa.

The report quoted the Philippine Weatherman Employees Association (PWEA).

Fabregas joins other former weather officials who have left the bureau in the past few years.

Just this June, PAGASA administrator Nathaniel Servando resigned after landing a lucrative teaching job in Qatar.

Other officials who are now out of the agency include: Nathaniel Cruz, former PAGASA chief, who is now a meteorologist for GMA Network; Graciano Yumul, former science undersecretary and concurrent bureau chief, who is now in the private sector; and Prisco Nilo, who was removed from his post for failing to properly predict the path of Typhoon Basyang (international codename Conson).

President Benigno Aquino III quelled fears, however, that there is a shortage of weathermen in the country.

On June 20, shortly after Servando’s resignation, the President announced that 37 new meteorologists were hired for PAGASA, the “biggest number” of hires made so far. –

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