Phivolcs gets tsunami monitoring, simulation database from Japan

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By Edu Lopez The Japanese government has extended a P518-million assistance to the Philippines for the installation of a real-time earthquake and tsunami monitoring systems and a tsunami simulation database development hardware at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Office (Phivolcs). [caption id="attachment_29045" align="aligncenter" width="411"]Phivolcs director Renato Solidum (right) talks to Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa (center) and DOST assistant secretary Raymund Liboro at the turnover by Japan of real-time quake and tsunami monitoring systems to the Philippines. Credit: InterAksyon.com Phivolcs director Renato Solidum (right) talks to Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa (center) and DOST assistant secretary Raymund Liboro at the turnover by Japan of real-time quake and tsunami monitoring systems to the Philippines. Credit: InterAksyon.com[/caption] Included in the assistance package is the procurement of eight mobile drainage pumps which have been recently turned over the Department of Public Works and Highways to assist the country?s disaster risk reduction effort. Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuihe Ishikawa said the assistance was part of the Japanese-funded ?Project for Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management.? Ishikawa said the monitoring systems will help minimize loss of human lives while the establishment of a tsunami simulation database is expected to provide more accurate and quicker warnings. ?It is my sincere wish that the experience acquired through this project will promote public awareness and stimulate further disaster mitigation investment in the Philippines,? Ishikawa said. As the top official development assistance (ODA) donor in the Philippines, Japan has been supporting the country?s disaster mitigation efforts by sharing its experiences and lessons learned from the past natural disasters. Ishikawa said the project reaffirms the continued commitment of Japan to extend cooperation in minimizing threats of disasters. ?The project is expected to further foster the strategic partnership between the two countries and serve as a model for other disaster-prone areas in the country.? ]]>

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