June 17, 2019, Manila Philippines
The annual Typhoon and Flood Awareness Week (TFAW) opens with the theme. ” Resiliency Bridging Science, Filipino Ingenuity, and Preparedness.” This year, the TFAW aims to highlight the importance of Science and Technology (S&T) when it comes to preparedness and mitigation towards a more resilient Filipino community. To kick off a week filled with activities, DOST-PAGASA will be launching the Storm Surge Warning System, as well as the Resilience and Innovation Cluster’s (RIC) activities and technologies for the upcoming National Science and Technology Week 2019 in July.
One of these activities in particular is the presentation of DOST-TAPI’s National Invention Contest and Exhibits (NICE) winners. (The RIC is composed of DOST-PAGASA, DOST-Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology (DOST-PHILVOLCS), DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), DOST-Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (DOST-PNRI), DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institite (DOST-FNRI), DOST-Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI), and DOST-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI).
There will be a press conference on the newly completed J-Freedom Project funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on June 18, at 11:00 am in the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Diliman, Quezon City. And from June 17 to 23, several activities have been lined-up, including the STEM Tagisan ng Talino quiz bee; as well as an essay writing competition, and an information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on hydro-meteorological hazards and the Early Warning System for non-technical PAGASA employees hosted by the Philippine Meteorological Society. A Typhoon and Flood Exhibition showcasing hydro-meteorological hazards will also be held in the DOST-PAGASA Main Lobby from June 17 to 21, 2019.
The agency’s facilities and services on these days will also be open to the public for free, including lectures at the Planatarium, and use of the Synoptic Observation and Instrumentation Units in the Science Garden. Capping off the end of the week, from June 21 to 23, is the annual Media Seminar Worshop in NCR on DOST-PAGASA Products and Services, which will be held in the White Woods Convention and Leisure Hotel in Silang, Cavite. TFAW is observed every third week of June by virtue of Proclamation no. 1535 signed in 2008.