THE government of Japan turned over a pair of emergency vehicles to the Philippine government in separate ceremonies in Hinoba-an and Sipalay in the province of Negros Occidental. The donation of two pumper trucks were made under the project titled “Japan-funded Emergency Vehicles for Typhoon Yolanda Affected Areas under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).”
The Embassy of Japan’s Third Secretary Mariko Watanabe; Senior Supt. Eleuterio Iturriaga; Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP)’s Region 6 regional director; and CINSP Dennis Molo from the BFP’s national headquarters were present at both ceremonies. Meanwhile, Mayor Ernesto Estrao of Hinoba-an and Vice Mayor Maria Gina Lizares of Sipalay, welcomed the dignitaries in their respective town and city, expressing deep appreciation for Japan’s valuable help.
“The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon-Affected Areas in the Philippines” was initially announced when a delegation led by Hon. Kenji Kosaka, president of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentarians’ Friendship League (JPPFL) met with Senate President Franklin Drilon, who is also the president of Philippines-Japan Parliamentary Association in May 2014.
The vehicles are part of Japan’s additional donation to the Philippines of previously used 20 emergency vehicles (17 units of fire trucks and 3 units of ambulances) intended primarily for the municipalities affected by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in 2013. In addition, these two pumper trucks are expected to enhance a disaster risk reduction capabilities as the said areas are tsunami-prone.
As a disaster-prone country, Japan has supported the Philippines’ disaster mitigation efforts by sharing Japan’s lessons learned from the past natural disasters. This project, with its policy of “Build Back Better,” is expected to further foster the strategic partnership between the two countries and serve as a model for other disaster-prone areas of the Philippines.
The government of Japan, as the top ODA donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. As of present, 510 grassroots projects have been funded by GGP. Japan believes that this project will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute to further fostering a strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines toward the future.