Japan dispatches emergency relief goods to the Republic of Philippines in the wake of typhoon

Report
from Japan International Cooperation Agency
Published on 28 Dec 2012

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched emergency relief supplies to the Philippines following the typhoon which hit the country on 4th December.

Emergency goods to the value of JPY 45 million – including 300 tents, 200 plastic sheets, 3000 portable jerry cans and 3000 sleeping pads - arrived in the capital, Manila, on 11th December.

A handover ceremony was held at the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) at 8 am on the following day. The ceremony was attended by Ms Corazon Juliano-Soliman, Social Welfare and Development Secretary, Mr Akio Isomata, Economic Minister of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, Mr Hiroto Mitsugi and Ms Sachiko Takeda, Senior Representatives of JICA’s Philippine office.

During the ceremony, Secretary Soliman expressed her gratitude for Japan’s prompt assistance. She stated that the tents and plastic sheets would be highly appreciated by the people of the Province of Compostela Valley, affected by the mudslides, as well as inhabitants from the coastal areas of the Province of Davao Oriental, where tremendous damage was caused by strong winds. She assured people that the government would deliver relief goods immediately to the affected areas by government arranged transport.

In response, Minister Isomata expressed his condolences over the huge damage caused to the country, similar in scale to the destruction caused by Typhoon Sendong last year. He also said that the country’s reconstruction process will indeed be challenging, but reassured attendees of the ceremony that Japan would continue its assistance to the Philippines.

Mr Mitsugi delivered JICA President Tanaka’s message, “we believe that with the power of the people of the Philippines, the country can deliver swift recovery even after this tremendous natural disasters”. He also explained JICA’s assistance efforts for rehabilitation and reconstruction of the country, including dispatching experts upon rapid needs assessments carried out immediately after the disaster, as well as outlining future plans for assistance with medical activities.

All goods were transported from Manila to Davao on 13th December by the government of the Philippines and have already reached the victims.