The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) hosted the “4th Workshop and Joint Coordination Committee Meeting” on the initiatives under the Enhancement of Earthquake and Volcano Monitoring and Effective Utilization of Disaster Mitigation Information in the Philippines project on March 14, 2013 at the PHIVOLCS auditorium.
This project collaboration between PHIVOLCS and National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) and funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)—Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), is essentially to look at science and technology application for sustainable development or the SATREPS program, said Dr. Renato U. Solidum, PHIVOLCS Director.
“This will be a very good opportunity for all of us to share among our research colleagues what we have been doing,” added Director Solidum.
PHIVOLCS and Japan agencies’ personnel and project leaders presented in a session the partial accomplishments and outputs under the categories Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring, Evaluation of Earthquake Generation Potential, Integrated Real-time Volcano Monitoring, Disaster Mitigation Information and Discussion on JFY2013 and 2014 Plan.
“Having already completed half of the project period…, the project will continue to do collaborative research that would benefit both the governments of the Philippines and Japan, not only in terms of research outputs but as well as capacity enhancement for both Japanese And Filipino researchers,” said Ms. Sachiko Takeda of JICA Philippine Office.
“We expect that the upgrading of systems will be totally completed and thus will result to obtaining and sharing of accurate and real time earthquake, tsunami and volcano information through the operationalization of the portal site,” she added.
There were 71 attendees from the said collaborating agencies, and Japan Meteorological Agency, Kyoto University, Kochi University, Nagoya University, Geographical Survey Institute of Japan, US Geological Survey, The National Center for Scientific Research, The Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, Office of Civil Defense, International Technology Cooperation Unit, and Commission on Audit.