The government of Japan turned over a reconstructed daycare center and national agricultural school to the Philippines government during formal ceremonies on January 13 in the municipalities of Guiuan and Balangiga, Eastern Samar, respectively.
The renovations fell under the Japan-funded Quick Impact Projects under the Urgent Development Study on the Project on Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda.
In attendance were second secretary of the Embassy of Japan Koji Otani and chief representative of JICA Philippine office Noriaki Niwa. In addtion, the daycare center turn over ceremony also had Guiuan Vice Mayor Rogelio Cablao present; while the national agricultural school inauguration had Balangiga Mayor Viscuso de Lira, Tesda deputy director general Teodoro Pascua and Region 8 Director Cleta Omega.
In each ceremony, the representatives of recipients expressed their deepest appreciation to the Japanese government for their generosity.
The Quick Impact Projects is comprised of projects, which targets restarting of economic activities, reconstruction of daily lives, and strengthening of capacities in implementing supportive measures of government organizations.
The pair of turn over ceremonies is just the first set among 15 such projects.
Besides daycare centers and national agricultural schools, regenerating livelihood through the introduction of disaster-resilient submersible fish cages, promotion of local products to improve livelihoods, improvement of municipal capacity for disaster-resilient construction management through reconstruction of public markets and some other projects are going to be implemented.
In addition to these Quick Impact Projects, hazard maps, resulting from field surveys and scientific analyses based on storm surge, wind strength and flood data, which were turned over to 18 LGUs affected by Yolanda in December 2014, will be used in reviewing the comprehensive land use plans of LGUs with technical support from the study team.
Japan, as the top official development assistance (ODA) donor to the Philippines as well as a disaster-prone country itself, has supported the country’s disaster mitigation efforts by sharing its experiences and lessons learned from 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.