Emergency Grant Aid to the Republic of the Philippines for Earthquake Damage

November 1, 2013

    1. On November 1, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 3.5 million US dollars (approximately 287 million Japanese yen) through the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies(IFRC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support relief operations in the sectors of emergency shelter, water and sanitation, debris removal, etc., for displaced people affected by the serious damage caused by a strong earthquake that hit the central part of the Philippines.
    2. On October 15, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Bohol Island, situated in the central part of the Philippines, causing serious damage including many casualties and displaced people. According to the announcement of the Philippine Government on October 31, 222 people were dead, 796 people were injured and the total number of those affected is more than 3,200,000 people.
    3. In response to the UN’s call for support, and taking into consideration the bilateral friendship and cooperation based on the Japan-Philippines Strategic Partnership, the Government of Japan has decided to extend emergency grant aid to the Philippines.

     On October 29, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods worth 38 million yen (tents and plastic sheets) to the Philippines through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The handover ceremony was held in Manila on October 31 with attendance of Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe.


(*The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original press release in Japanese.)