Emergency Grant Aid to the Philippines in response to the evacuees from the armed conflict in Mindanao
1. On October 11, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 2 million US dollars (approximately 164 million Japanese yen) through the International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and World Food Programme (WFP) to support relief operations in the sectors of food, water and sanitation, etc., for displaced people from the fighting in the island of Mindanao, Philippines.
2. The fighting erupted between a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in Zamboanga City situated in the western part of Mindanao on September 9. Although the Philippine Government declared the end of military operations on September 27, the number of displaced people still amounts to approximately 120,000 according to the announcement of the Philippine Government on October 3.
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 the emergency grant aid.