Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe will turn over mobile drainage pumps to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a ceremony on July 9, 2014 in Pasig City, Metro Manila for the Japan-funded Project for Improvement of Equipment for Disaster Risk Management. The ceremony will be also attended by the Secretary of Public Works and Highways Rogelio L. Singson.
The assistance, signed two (2) years ago, provided 1 billion yen (approximately 518 million pesos) for the procurement of eight (8) mobile drainage pumps as well as the installation of Real-time Earthquake and Tsunami Monitoring Systems and a Tsunami Simulation Database to assist the Philippines' disaster risk reduction efforts.
Japan, as the top ODA donor to the Philippines as well as a disaster-prone country itself, has supported the Philippines' disaster mitigation efforts by sharing its experiences and lessons learned from the past natural disasters. This project reaffirms the continued commitment of Japan to extend cooperation in minimizing threats of disasters. This project is expected to further foster the strategic partnership between the two countries and serve as a model for other disaster-prone areas of the Philippines.
*PHP-JPY Exchange Rate = 0.5181 (2012 March average)