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 shelters, water and sanitation, debris removal etc., for the affected people by the devastating earthquake that hit the central part of the Philippines on October 15.
This emergency aid package is provided in addition to the emergency relief goods worth 38 million yen (tents and plastic sheets) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) announced earlier on October 29.
The allocation of the 3.5 million US dollars is: 1 million US dollars for IOM; 0.5 million US dollars for IFRC; 1.2 million US dollars for UNICEF; and 0.8 million US dollars for UNDP.
The damage caused by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Bohol Island, as of October 31, includes 222 people dead, 796 people injured and more than 3,200,000 people affected, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
In response to the UN's call for support and taking into consideration the strong ties existing between Japan and the Philippines as strategic partners, the Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency grant aid.