Gov’t agency sets up Typhoon Juan page on Facebook

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By Marjorie Gorospe

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA- Filipinos can likewise get updates on Typhoon Juan (international name Megi) online via Weather Watch set up by the Philippine Information Agency.

Headed by Presidential Communications Operations Office secretary Herminio Coloma, Weather Watch was activated so that all reports from regional and provincial offices of PIA regarding the typhoon can be uploaded.

The PIA is also taking advantage of social networking site Facebook by creating the Typhoon Juan page that consolidates updates and other information posted by Filipino users.

“This is citizens’ journalism in action,” says PIA director general Jose Fabia, encouraging  Filipino users to post updates – including incidence of power failures – on the said  Facebook page.

By monitoring social networks, the PIA is hoping to gather information that can be used for rescue and relief efforts in areas affected by the typhoon.

PIA is also encouraging Filipinos to send updates via SMS or text message – key in JUAN<SPACE>NAME<SPACE>LOCATION<SPACE>REPORT- to (0917)8398742 or (0920)9380910.

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