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2011 PRESS RELEASE

JAPAN INFORMATION AND CULTURE CENTER (JICC)
EMBASSY OF JAPAN
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Press Office - PR#56–2011, June 28, 2011

 

Acceptance of Medical Assistance Team from the Philippines

 

 

 

In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, the Government of the Republic of the Philippines decided to dispatch a Medical Assistance Team of three medical doctors, focusing on psychosocial counseling etc, from June 28 (Tuesday) to July 13 (Wednesday). The team, together with Japanese medical doctors and clinical psychologists, plans to engage in mobile medical assistance operations for disaster victims including families of Filipino nationals from the northern part of Iwate Prefecture to the northern part of Miyagi Prefecture, center ed on Ofunato City and Rikuzen-Takata City in the southern part of Iwate Prefecture.

 

Since immediately after the Earthquake on March 11, H.E. Mr. Benigno S Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, H.E. Mr. Albert F. Del Rosario, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of the Philippines, and others have expressed deep sympathy and offered assistance. As the necessary arrangements have been made, the Government of Japan has decided to accept the medical team.

 

The Government of Japan deeply appreciates the cooperation extended by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and hopes for the success of the medical team.

 

The embassy of Japan held a send-off ceremony for the team on June 27 (Monday). Hon. Cristina G. Ortega, Assistant Secretary of Department of Foreign Affairs and Dr. Carmencita A. Banatin Director, Health Emergency Management Staff (DOH) also attended the ceremony.

 

 

 

Looking on were (from left) Hon. Cristina G. Ortega Assistant Secretary, ASPAC (DFA), Dr. Carmencita A. Banatin Director, Health Emergency Management Staff (DOH), Dr. Sharon J. Triunfo - Medical Specialist, National Center for Mental Health (DOH), Dr. Maria Paz P. Corrales, Medical Specialist, Team Leader(DOH), Dr. Aida L. Muncada, Medical Specialist, National Center for Mental Health (DOH) and H.E. Toshinao Urabe, Japanese Ambassador.

 

 

Speech of Ambassador Toshinao Urabe

Japanese Version