The Philippines is a disaster-prone country like Japan and the necessity of disaster risk reduction (DRR) efforts is very important. In particular, raising citizens’ DRR awareness can effectively reduce damages by natural disasters.
Japanese non-governmental organization Seeds Asia has therefore pledged to facilitate teaching activities toward this goal in Makati City, which is highly populated with several high-risk flood areas. All 33 barangays are targeted for this project. The Japanese Embassy hopes the project’s results will be maximized with positive participation by the local community.
A grant contract was signed by Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa and Nobuyuki Nakaya, country representative of Seeds Asia on January 20. Titled the “Project on raising awareness for disaster risk reduction by Mobile Knowledge Resource Center” amounts to $175,326 (approximately P7.7 million).
The Grant Assistance for Japanese NGO Projects started in the Philippines in 2002. Since then, the Japanese government has made contracts for 37 projects in the Philippines under the scheme amounting to approximately 600 million yen in total. Japan believes that this project will strengthen not only friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also the existing strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines.