AN 18-member House of Representatives delegation led by Majority Floor Leader Ferdinand Martin Romualdez recently conducted a three-day visit to Tokyo to gain a better understanding of Japan’s experience in disaster prevention, preparation, response, and rehabilitation.
The Philippine Congress is preparing to sharpen its budgetary and legislative initiatives, and considering the best model for disaster resilience through, for instance, the creation of the Department of Disaster Resilience as instructed by the President.
The delegation met with Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose C. Laurel V who, hailing from Batangas himself, commended their efforts in improving their knowledge in disaster risk reduction and shared his experience in dealing with the aftermath of a Taal Volcano eruption when he was Batangas Governor.
The delegation also visited the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, which conducts research on science and technology for integrated disaster risk reduction from basic research to society implementation.
They were briefed on NIED research on volcanic activities and the partnership of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS).
Japanese volcanologists working with PHIVOLCS observed that Taal volcano is one of the most active and most complicated volcanoes in the world, and commented that PHIVOLCS has been doing a “very, very good job,” in its monitoring and research efforts.