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Port development and doppler radar base establishment underway in Aparri

APARRI, CAGAYAN, July 29 – Mayor Ismael V. Tumaru of the Municipality of Aparri here anticipates profuse economic activities in the town with the turnover of Aparri Port management from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to the LGU.

“Potential investors are already coming in and expressing their interest in the development of the port,” Mayor Tumaru informed RD Milagros A. Rimando of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in her visit to Aparri on July 21, 2011.

In addition, Mayor Tumaru said that no out-of-pocket cost was yet incurred by the LGU for the Aparri Port Development but is already gaining benefits through the dredging of the port’s waterways by private entities (a project initiative of the municipality since June 2011).

Another milestone for the municipality is the Department of Science and Technology-Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (DOST-PAGASA) Meteorological Radar System Project that involves the construction of a 38-meter tall Doppler radar base and the installation of the Radar System.

Apart from providing timely weather information and reliable forecast necessary for the prompt issuance of advisories and warnings for the Philippines, the state-of-the-art structure is also a potential tourist attraction and a facility to provide employment in the area.

Through a grant from the Japan International Cooperative Agency (JICA), the project has started its civil works in April 2011 and is expected to be completed and be operational in October 2012. Japanese engineers will provide the needed training of Philippine engineers to operate the equipment. (PNA)

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