The Korean government, through the Korea International Cooperation Agency
(KOICA), and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical
Services Administration (PAGASA) inaugurated last Friday the
Pasig-Marikina-Tullahan River Basin Flood Forecasting and Warning Center in
Quezon City. The center marks the completion of KOICA and PAGASA’s
Automation of Flood Early Warning System for Disaster Mitigation in Greater
Metro Manila project.

“Among the priority areas of KOICA Philippine office is disaster
preparation and preparedness. KOICA included this section in its Country
Partnership Strategy (CPS) from 2016 to 2020,” Department of Science and
Technology (DOST) Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña said last Friday. He also
added that PAGASA has been a strong partner of KOICA in bringing
development projects since 2007.

“The Korean government recognizes the urgent need to address and mitigate
the devastation caused by floods, as it is considered to be one of the most
damaging natural disasters in the country. We recognize the need to
strengthen disaster response capacities to save and protect more lives,”

Korean Ambassador Han Dong-man said in his speech during the launch.