Red, yellow, orange: Rainfall warnings baffle Pinoys

Posted at 08/09/2012 3:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office Secretary Ricky Carandang on Thursday said Filipinos are still not used to the rainfall warnings being issued by state weather bureau PAGASA.

Speaking to ANC, Carandang said the weather bureau still needs to do more work in informing the public especially when it comes to the color-coded rainfall warning signals.

"It will take a little bit of time for people to get used to it. There's a yellow alert, green alert and red alert," he said.

Carandang denied that the President has lost confidence in PAGASA. He said his office is working with PAGASA to help them improve information dissemination.

PAGASA on Thursday changed a color associated with its rainfall warning system, amid criticisms that it was confusing for citizens.

Green, originally used to signify a second-level alert (15-30mm rainfall observed in one hour and expected to continue in the next 3 hours), has been changed to orange, effective Thursday, August 9, 2012.

This, according to Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo on DZMM, is because people associate green with “go” or safety.

The warnings are now as follows:

    * YELLOW: 7.5-15 millimeters (heavy) rain observed in one hour and expected to continue in the next 2 or 3 hours
    * ORANGE: 15-30 millimeters (intense) rain observed in one hour and expected to continue in the next 2 or 3 hours
    * RED: More than 30 millimeters (torrential) rain observed in one hour and expected to continue in the next 2 or 3 hours

“The rainfall warning levels are now YELLOW, ORANGE, RED; the colors associated with awareness, preparedness and emergency,” PAGASA said on its website.'