A planetarium – the third in the country and the first in Mindanao – will soon rise in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.
In a press briefing Monday (March 11), provincial legal officer Cerilio Neil Pacana reported that the provincial government has given a go-signal for the construction of a planetarium in the said city to be managed by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Pacana said the groundbreaking of the said planetarium will happen this Friday (March 15) with no less than Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Roy Cimatu attending. He is expected to be joined by Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and El Salvador City Edgar Lignes.
Pacana noted that it is the pride of the province that the only planetarium in Mindanao will be erected here.
This, even as he disclosed that even Davao City bid for the project but it was Misamis Oriental that successfully got the nod.
The only other planetarium in the country is located in Manila. A second one is under construction in Cebu City.
Here in Misamis Oriental, the El Salvador City planetarium at barangay Molugan will cost P50 million to construct in a half-hectare area.
According to Pacana, the planetarium will be state-of-the-art with a full dome projector that mimics a 3D reality minus the special glasses. It will also feature a slight tilt of the chair to create an impression of the vastness of space.
In a related development, Emano will be one of the individuals and entities that will receive the prestigious 2019 Wind Vane Awards this March 22.
Pacana reported that the Wind Vane Awards is the highest recognition that PAGASA gives to individuals and entities that contribute to the important function of the agency in disaster risk reduction and management.
The Wind Vane Awards started in 2005 for the purpose of encouraging individuals and organizations to become more active in participating in risk reduction management practices in the community and work hand in hand in giving information to constituents in order to minimize casualty and reduce effect of calamities on infrastructure, health, education and agriculture.