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Press Office - PR#138–2013, December 03, 2013

Japan Sends Disaster Relief Expert Team in Response to Oil Spill Incident in Estancia, the eastern part of Panay Island




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


The Power Barge located in Estancia, the eastern part of Panay Island, was swept aground on the rocky shoreline after the gusty wind and storm surges brought about by Typhoon Yolanda cut the rope to the barge. Due to the damaged hull, 850 kilo liters of heavy fuel oil of total load of 1,400 kilo liters has spilled and about 1,200 residents have taken refuge in fear of negative impact to their health. Although the Philippine Coast Guard is dealing with the incident, in consideration of the serious condition, the Philippine Government requested the emergency assistance to the Government of Japan.


The Government of Japan has decided to extend this emergency aid, considering a humanitarian point of view, the necessity to prevent marine pollution, and the Strategic Partnership between Japan and the Philippines.


In addition to the dispatch of Japan Disaster Relief Team (Medical team and Expert team) and Japan's Self-Defense Force(Unit), Japan provided the following assistance (53.1 million USD in total);
(1) Emergency Grant Aid: 30 million USD
(2) Emergency Relief Goods: app. 0.6 million USD
(3) Assistance through Japanese NGOs (JPF): 1.5 million USD
(4) Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction (JFPR) of Asian Development Bank (ADB): 20 million USD
(5) ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) : 0.5 million USD
(6) Assistance through ILO for job creation and skills training : 0.5 million USD


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