Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe attended the turnover ceremony of a walk-in freezer vaccine storage facility for the Research Institute of Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa City on November 18. The project was funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The grant amount from the GGP totaled $89,622 (approximately P3.6 million) and was utilized for the installation the walk-in freezer that will serve as storage for vaccines to support the full implementation of the Philippine government’s immunization program. The provision of the said facility is vital to ensure the vaccines remain in good condition.
The installation of the walk-in freezer will benefit a total of 2.5 million infants nationwide. Moreover, the Philippines will be able to enhance its capacity to preserve vaccines, thereby preventing incidences of polio, thereby contributing to the worldwide promotion of public health.
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. At present, 488 grassroots projects have been implemented 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.