Another forecaster leaves PAGASA to work abroad


August 2, 2013 7:47am
The state weather bureau lost another of its seasoned weather specialist, reportedly after he failed to get his long-overdue benefits.PAGASA forecaster Ricky Fabregas has left for Congo to take a high-paying job, radio dzBB’s Allan Gatus reported early Friday.

Fabregas settled for a job that was lower in rank but paid five times his present salary in the Philippines, the report added.

The dzBB report said Fabregas may be getting the equivalent of nearly P100,000 a month at his new job compared to his P20,000 monthly pay at PAGASA.

On the other hand, the report quoted Philippine Weathermen Employees Association head Mon Agustin as saying weather forecasters have yet to receive the benefits promised them last month.

Agustin said they have yet to get the benefits that the Science and Budget Departments promised would come in the first week of July.

The two departments had promised to act on the forecasters’ benefits after then administrator Nathaniel Servando left for abroad, reportedly to work in Qatar.

PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang, in an interview on dzBB radio, said he is still waiting for his benefits.

“Wala pa, patuloy pang naghihintay (We have not received our benefits. We continue to wait),” he said.

But in the meantime, he said they will continue to do their jobs. — LBG, GMA News

I would like to cheer him on and am glad that despite his age (46), he has found a job in a country that values the work of a weather forecaster like himself. So some might say what he did is unpatriotic. Is it?
Methinks not. Why stay in one’s country where one isn’t appreciated enough? Why suffer the low pay when he deserves more?
Uh oh. Here’s another depressing story re another Pag-Asa employee. Really sad.

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