The Japan government has turned over 110 million yen or at least P52.8 million in disaster reduction equipment to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to help reduce the cost and recovery time during disasters.
Ambassador Koji Haneda attended the ceremonial turnover of the Japanese disaster reduction equipment under Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) at the Department of Public Works and Highways Flood Control Management Office.
The equipment was handed over by the Japanese government to the Philippines in the presence of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar and national government agency representatives.
Included in the 110-million yen package were eight units of mobile drainage pumps and 17 units of floodlights with generator sets, which will help reduce cost and recovery time during disasters.
These are stand-alone, portable units, making it possible for DPWH to utilize them wherever these equipment are needed in the Philippines.
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 the past natural disasters.
This project reaffirms the continued commitment of Japan to extend cooperation in minimizing threats of disasters.
It 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.