On May 14, 2013, Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe turned over industrial, medical and other equipment under Japan's Non-Project Grant Aid "Provision of Industrial Products" to the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Education (DepEd), the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) witnessed by DOH Undersecretary David Lozada and other officials from various Philippine government agencies at the Duque Hall in DOH Compound, Manila.
The Non-Project Grant Aid (NPGA) "Provision of Industrial and Other Products" worth 250 million yen (approximately 101.6 million pesos) was signed on March 21, 2012 by Ambassador Urabe and Secretary for Foreign Affairs Albert del Rosario. Through this aid, funds were provided for the purchase of essential industrial and other products manufactured by Japanese companies for the implementation of various projects in areas such as health, education, social welfare, vocational training, etc.
The products to be turned over are, for example, computed radiography devices for DOH which will be distributed to several hospitals in Manila; notebooks, ballpoint pens, and first aid kits for DepEd that will benefit public schools in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela; wheelchairs for DSWD that will be forwarded to the Haven for the Elderly in Tanay, Rizal; and machine tools for TESDA that will be distributed to several Regional Training Centers in Luzon and Leyte Islands. It is expected that the products procured under this project will contribute to the empowerment of individuals and to the promotion of human security in the Philippines.
Japan has been the top ODA donor to the Philippines for many years. The assistance through the NPGA will firmly support the Philippine Government's initiative to reduce poverty and improve its economic structure, and will further enhance the strategic partnership between the two countries.