Photo shows Japanese Chargés d'affaires Tetsuro Amano (left)
congratulating CSUPT. Carlito Romero (right)after signing the grant contract for
“The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon-Affected Areas in the Philippines”
The ceremony was witnessed by the representatives of the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Chargés d'affaires to the Philippines Tetsuro Amano and CSUPT. Carlito Romero signed the grant contract for "The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon-Affected Areas in the Philippines" on October 16, 2014 at the National Headquarters of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Quezon City. The total amount is US$ 202,760 (approximately 8.5 million pesos) and is funded through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The project was initially announced when a delegation led by Honorable Kenji Kosaka, President of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentarians' Friendship League (JPPFL) met with Honorable Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, President of Philippines-Japan Parliamentary Association (PJPA), in Manila on May 5, 2014. It is part of Japan's additional donation to the Philippines of previously-used 20 emergency vehicles (17 units of fire trucks and 3 units of ambulances) intended primarily for the municipalities seriously damaged by Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan in Central Visayas. The vehicles are expected to be arriving at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority in early November.
The Government of Japan, as the top ODA donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. As of present, 499 grassroots projects have been funded by GGP. Japan believes that this project will not only strengthen the friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines but also contribute to further fostering a strategic partnership between Japan and the Philippines toward the future.