Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa of Japan Turns Over of Aparri-Guiuan Radar Systems and Facilities to PHL

Disaster risk reduction is one of the most important areas of cooperation as both Japan and the Philippines are disater-prone countries. It is with this spirit that Japan decided to assist the Philippines by enhancing the capability of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) to effectively minimize and prevent damages that tropical cyclones and other severe weather phenomena may cause. "We believe that the experience acquired through this project will promote public awareness and stimulate further disaster mitigation investment in the country. I would like to conclude my remarks by expressing my sincere hope that this project will further strengthen the cooperative ties and friendship that Japan and the Philippines have built through the years," said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa in his message during the Ceremonial Turn-over of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) funded Aparri and Guiuan Radar Stations on Friday (Feb. 3, 2017) held at PAGASA Weather and Flood Forecasting Center, Agham Road, Diliman, Quezon City. (PNA photos by Ben Briones)