Emergency Grant Aid to the Philippines in response to the evacuees from the armed conflict in Mindanao
July 28, 2017
1. On July 28, the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 2 million US dollars (approximately 220 million Japanese yen) through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to support relief operations in the sectors of food, health, water and sanitation for displaced people from the fighting in Marawi City on the island of Mindanao, Republic of the Philippines.
2. The fighting erupted between a faction of the Islamic militants and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in Marawi City on May 23. Consequently, President Rodrigo R. Duterte declared Martial Law to the entire Mindanao region. As the fighting is still ongoing, the Martial Law was extended to December 31. The number of displaced people is more than 460,000 according to the announcement of UNOCHA.
3. In response to the UN Agencies’ call for support, and taking into consideration the strong bilateral ties between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and President Duterte, the Government of Japan has decided to extend the emergency grant aid this time.