South Korea donates $4M to boost PAGASA expertise

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Posted at May 17 2017 08:32 PM

PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano and Myung Seop Shin, Country Director of the KOICA Philippines, lead the launching of the COMS Analysis System at the PAGASA Quezon City office. Photo from the Korean Cultural Center.

MANILA - The South Korean government has donated $4-million to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) for its meteorological infrastructure and expertise, aid expected to boost the weather bureau's capabilities to provide accurate and up-to-date weather data.

Through the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), the Korean government provided aid for the development and installation of the receiving system for a meteorological satellite. 

The donation would also support the acquisition of equipment for data reception and analysis in five different project sites all over the Philippines, the Korean Embassy in Manila said in a statement. 

These equipment will be put up in Tuguegarao in Northern Luzon, the PAGASA Headquarters in Metro Manila, Legaspi City in Southern Luzon, Lapu-Lapu City in the Visayas, and El Salvador City in Mindanao.

Apart from providing infrastructure, the project will also include technology transfer of meteorological satellite data analysis, the dispatch of Korean experts to the Philippines to share their technical know-how to PAGASA personnel, and enhance the capacity of PAGASA personnel to respond to natural disasters to save lives. 
 
“This multi-million project, made possible through the Korean government’s grant aid and technical cooperation program, is guaranteed to help strengthen PAGASA’s capacity to receive and analyze meteorological satellite data and thereby enhancing weather monitoring and improving weather forecast accuracy,” said PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano in a statement.

On Wednesday, Malano, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Defense Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, and Myung Seop Shin, Country Director of the KOICA Philippines, led the launch of one project component, the Communication, Ocean & Meteorological Satellite (COMS) Analysis System in the Philippines at the bureau's Quezon City office.
 
“With this project, I believe that it will have great contributions in identifying, assessing and reducing the risks of natural disasters,” Shin said in his speech during the launch.

The Philippines is one of the world's most vulnerable nations when it comes to extreme weather events.