• P3 billion in Tokyo grants for ‘Yolanda’ rehab signed

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    Three aid grants amounting to 6.917 billion Japanese yen (P3.041 billion) were signed by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe and Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario on Tuesday to support the rehabilitation of Yolanda-hit areas in the Visayas region.

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    Del Rosario and Urabe also signed exchange notes to support the grants that focus on improving coastal communications, water supply and rehabilitation of the typhoon-hit areas.

    The Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will facilitate the 1.152 billion Japanese yen (P507 million) to improve coastal communication systems of PCG. The grant will also upgrade search- and-rescue operations and counter-terrorism plans of PCG.

    Approximately 1.165 billion Japanese yen (P510 million) will be channeled to Metropolitan Cebu Water District to provide potable water to Metro Cebu. Various government agencies will cover the 4.6 billion Japanese yen grant (P2.024 billion) to support the rehabilitation and recovery of Super Typhoon Yolanda victims and their homes. These agencies are DOTC, Department of Public Work and Highways, Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Agriculture, Department of Science and Technology, National Mapping and Resource Information Authority and National Electrification Administration.

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