Dispatch of Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team in Response to Oil Spill Incident in the Philippines

December 3, 2013

  1. 1. Responding to the oil spill incident caused by Typhoon Yolanda, the Government of Japan has decided to dispatch a Japan Disaster Relief (JDR) Expert Team to the Republic of the Philippines, to give advice on oil removal and control. The team will leave for the Philippines on December 4.

    2. The Power Barge swept aground by Typhoon Yolanda in Estancia, in the eastern part of Panay Island, spilled 850 kilo liters of heavy fuel oil and displaced about 1,200 residents. Although the Philippine Coast Guard has been responding to the incident, due to the serious condition, the Philippine Government requested emergency assistance from the Government of Japan.

    3. The Government of Japan decided to extend this emergency aid as a result of marine pollution prevention needs, humanitarian concerns on the ground, and the Strategic Partnership between Japan and the Philippines.

    *1. The JDR Expert Team mainly consists of officials from the Japan Coast Guard.

    *2. In addition to the dispatch of Japan Disaster Relief Team (Medical team and Expert team) and Japan Self-Defense Force (Unit), Japan decided to provide the following assistance (53.1 million USD (5.31 billion JPY) in total);

    (1) Emergency Grant Aid : 30 million USD (app. 3 billion JPY)
    (2) Emergency Relief Goods : app. 0.6 million USD (app. 60 million JPY)
    (3) Assistance through Japanese NGOs (JPF) : 1.5 million USD (app. 150 million JPY)
    (4) Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) of Asian Development Bank (ADB) : 20 million USD (app. Billion JPY)
    (5) ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) : 0.5 million USD (app:50 million JPY)
    (6) Assistance through ILO for job creation and skills training: 0.5 million USD (app:50 million JPY)