Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa and Director Ariel Barayuga signed the grant contract for “The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for Emergency Response of the BFP in the Identified Areas in Visayas” on March 1 at the Quezon Memorial Circle.
The event was attended by around 3,500 participants—500 of which were firefighters, 1,000 were fire volunteers, and 2,000 other guests—from all over the Philippines.
The assistance includes 17 emergency vehicles and a grant amounting to US$ 240,572 (approximately 10.10 million pesos) and is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
This project aims to further strengthen the capability of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) during disaster and emergency response. The package of assistance given consists of 7 ambulances, 7 pumper trucks, 2 trucks with portable pump and 1 rescue vehicle. Under this project, BFP will be able to equip their fire stations with the necessary facilities for effective delivery of their services to save lives and properties of the people. Priority is given to the disaster prone areas in Visayas of which BFP has no and/or limited facilities.
Through this project, BFP will be able to improve their services during emergency response cognizant to the efforts being made by Japan in improving disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines. It is expected that a total of 1.63 million people in the targeted areas in Visayas will benefit from this project.
Last year, 20 emergency vehicles were provided to typhoon Yolanda affected municipalities. This is part of the contribution of Japan on the rehabilitation efforts being conducted in these areas. For this year, additional emergency vehicles will be given to disaster prone communities in Visayas.