MANILA - The country’s weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has received a 3.35 billion yen (around P1.7 billion) grant aid from the Japanese government.
The grant aid is for weather monitoring and information and warning dissemination. This is to help avoid damages caused by tropical cyclones and other severe phenomena, according to a press statement issued on Friday by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).
DFA Secretary Alberto Romulo and Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura signed and exchanged the Notes for the “Project for Improvement of Meteorological Radar System.”
The project will involve the replacement of the 3 existing Meteorological Radar Systems--in Aparri, Cagayan; Virac, Catanduanes; Guian, Samar--with the new Doppler (S-band) radar systems. It will be implemented by the PAGASA-Department of Science and Technology.
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The assistance given by the Japanese government is “timely and useful for the country, especially in light of the widespread destruction wrought by typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng,” the DFA said.
Tropical storm Ondoy and typhoon Pepeng hit the country during last week of September and first two weeks of October respectively. According to the National Disaster Coordinating Council, there were more than a 1,000 casualties from both storms.
The project also aims to improve local meteorological capabilities, the DFA said.
Secretary Romulo and Ambassador Katsura exchanged the Notes on the Project’s detailed design worth 23 million yen (around P12 million) last March 30.- by Maria Althea Teves, abs-cbnNEWS.com/Newsbreak