His Excellency Ambassador Toshinao Urabe turned over the Japan-funded project for “Evacuation Shelter Construction in Disaster Vulnerable Areas in Province of Albayon” to Albay Governor Jose Salceda on March 3, 2014 in Legazpi City, Albay.
The grant aid signed in 2011 provided 739 million yen (approximately P398 million pesos) for the construction and rehabilitation of schools to be used as evacuation shelters in times of disaster in the province.
Albay has long been a disaster-prone area due to eruptions of the Mayon Volcano and frequent typhoons.
The project further seeks to strengthen growth and development in the region by enhancing disaster prevention and education facilities simultaneously for the people of Albay.
In his speech during the ceremony, Ambassador Urabe said, “In ordinary times, these school buildings will create a better learning environment and give better chance to the children of Albay. At the same time, when disasters caused by typhoons and mudflow strike, it will serve as evacuation shelters.”
Japan, as the top donor of overseas development assistance to the Philippines has supported the country’s disaster mitigation efforts by sharing its experiences and lessons learned from the past natural disasters. The project reaffirms the continued commitment of Japan to extend cooperation in minimizing threats of disasters.