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PH inks MOU with Japan on disaster mitigation



By Alex San Juan

Attached agencies of the Department of Science and Technology inked a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) on a real-time satellite website collaboration for disaster mitigation in the country.



Officials from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), and Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and NICT have signed the MOU during a ceremony at the PAGASA Weather and Flood Forecasting Center in Quezon City on Friday.

Under the MOU, Japan will mirror its Himawari-8 real-time website to the Philippines, which shows satellite imagery for real-time weather forecasting, tropical cyclone analysis, as well as for research purposes.

Dr. Ken Murata, research executive director of NICT, said that through Himawari-8 high-speed data can be transferred from Japan to the Philippines for the use of scientists and researchers.

The real-time website, which is now established on a local mirror at, will also be accessible on smartphones through an application that will be launched soon.

Based on the MOU, the parties will also be collaborating in information and communications technology particularly in disaster mitigation and disaster resilient society through exchange of information, and staff and researchers, a promotion of joint research, and a joint organization of technical meetings and workshops.

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