As one of the projects under the “Japan-funded Program for the Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda”, the government of Japan turned over the equipment of National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) to the Philippine government in a ceremony held on July 27 in Tacloban City, Leyte.
The ceremony was attended by First Secretary of the Embassy of Japan, Koji Otani and Undersecretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), Nicon F. Fameronag. In the ceremony, the representatives of recipients expressed their deepest appreciation.
The equipment of NMP, which was severely damaged by Typhoon Yolanda (Typhoon Haiyan) in November 2013, was rehabilitated so as to enable NMP, one of the major seafarers’ education and training facilities in the Philippines, to continue their training activity for seafarers.
The Philippines is the country supplying largest number of seafarers in the world and many Philippine seafarers are working on Japanese ships. The rehabilitation of equipment of NMP is expected to benefit not only Philippine economy but also activities of Japanese shipping companies.
The Program for the Rehabilitation and Recovery from Typhoon Yolanda provides assistance for recovery and reconstruction in areas affected by Typhoon Yolanda and focuses on social infrastructure such as healthcare facilities, schools and local government offices; economic infrastructure such as airport, common industrial facilities and power facilities; and disaster preparedness infrastructure such as meteorological radar systems. Through this Program, Japan helps the Philippines to build a resilient society against natural disasters and achieve sustainable growth.
Japan, as the top ODA donor to the Philippines as well as a disaster-prone country itself, has supported the Philippines’ 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.