Typhoon Disaster in the Republic of the Philippines (Emergency Grant Aid from Japan)

October 9, 2009

  1. The Government of Japan decided on October 9 (Fri) to extend emergency grant aid of 4.5 million USD to the Republic of the Philippines through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) as emergency assistance in response to flood damage caused by Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) centered in Manila.
  2. This grant aid aims to provide urgently needed food to approximately 670,000 victims of the disaster.
  3. Japan has decided to extend this emergency grant aid considering the enormous damages caused by the disaster and in light of the friendly relations between Japan and the Philippines.
  4. Prior to the decision to provide this emergency grant aid, Japan provided emergency relief goods (sleeping mats, blankets, etc.) equivalent to approximately 20 million JPY to the Government of the Republic of the Philippines on September 20 (Wed).


(1) Damages caused by Typhoon Ketsana (announced by the National Disaster Coordinating Council at 4 a.m. on October 5)

    (A) Deaths: 295
    (B) Missing persons: 39
    (C) Affected population: 3,929,030
    (D) Damaged houses: 10,203 (4,270 fully destroyed, 5,933 partially destroyed)
    (E) Evacuees in evacuation shelters (526 shelters): 335,740
    (F) Evacuees from disaster-struck regions (outside evacuation shelters): 706,963

(2) Emergency grant aid details

The United Nations officially announced a flash appeal on October 3, requesting a total of approximately 74 million USD (approximately 6.7 billion JPY). In light of this, Japan is extending 4.5 million USD in aid to the following WFP projects.

    • Period: 1 month
    • Beneficiaries: 670,000 people
    • Aid information: Distribution of rice to disaster sufferers living in shelters and people left behind in flooded homes. In addition, flight services will be provided to transport people and relief goods including food.
    • Project total: 26.3 million USD
      (Food assistance: 19.7 million USD, logistics and communication support: 27,000 USD, flight services: 3.9 million USD)

(3) On September 28, Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada, as a representative of the Government and people of Japan, sent a letter of sympathy to Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, expressing his deepest condolences for the losses of many lives and to the families of the victims. He also prayed for the earliest recovery of the sufferers.