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The Government of Japan and the Philippines, as represented by Ambassador Makoto Katsura, and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, respectively, signed on October 30 the Exchange of Notes on the Project for the Improvement of the Meteorological Radar System. The grant aid project provides for the construction of three towers and installation of doppler radar systems in Virac, Catanduanes; Aparri, Cagayan; and Guiuan, Samar in the amount of P1.7 billion (3.350 billion Yen).

These doppler radars are designed to give a more accurate reading of weather systems, with capability to measure amount of rainfall and wind speed for early warning purposes. The Japanese Ambassador said that he hopes that the project can strengthen the disaster mitigation efforts of the Philippine Government.

Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng which struck Metro Manila and Northern Luzon last September and October wrought billions of damage in properties, agriculture, and infrastructure. It is hoped that these Doppler Radars can mitigate the loss of lives and properties of the people by providing the public with advance information or early warning system for disaster preparedness.

“As a close friend and neighbor, Japan will continuously support typhoon victims to reconstruct and improve the living environment in the Philippines”, Katsura said.
Main recipient and implementer Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration Administrator Prisco Nilo was also present in the signing ceremony.

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