Japan Turns Over Emergency Vehicles to 20 Local Government Units in Luzon through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No. 26- 2019
On March 25, 2019, Ambassador Koji Haneda attended the turnover ceremony of “The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 20 Local Government Units in Luzon,” which was held at the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) Headquarters in Quezon City. The ceremony, spearheaded by the BFP, was attended by DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año and BFP Chief Leonard R. Bañago. Mayors of the recipient Local Government Units (LGUs) and approximately 350 fire fighters also attended the said occasion.
The BFP, as one of the agencies in the forefront of disaster response in the country, has an insufficient number of emergency vehicles at its fire stations to deliver its mandate. This shortage became apparent during typhoon Yolanda in 2013. After which, the Embassy of Japan started extending assistance in providing emergency vehicles to the BFP.
Under these projects, the Embassy of Japan has provided a total of 37 units for Visayas, 17 units for Mindanao and 22 units for Luzon with a total grant amounting to USD 998,357. Through these, the Government of Japan aims to assist the BFP in addressing its shortage of emergency vehicles and to be able to improve its emergency services response. In turn, complementing the efforts being made by Japan in improving disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines.
It is expected that the additional 22 vehicles distributed in the 20 LGUs in Luzon will benefit around 3 million individuals.
The Government of Japan, as the top ODA donor for the Philippines, launched the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engaged in grassroots activities. To date, 543 grassroots projects have been funded. Japan believes that these projects 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.
Note*1: Project Summary of “PROVISION OF EMERGENCY VEHICLES FOR BFP”
1. Project Title: The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon “Yolanda” Affected Areas in the Philippines
2. Amount: 202,760 US Dollars
3. Number of Vehicles: 20 units ( Fire Truck 17 units, Ambulance 3 Units,)
4. Target Area: 17 Municipalities in Visayas
1. Project Title: The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 11 Local Government Units in Visayas
2. Amount: 240,572 US Dollars
3. Number of Vehicles: 17 units ( Fire Truck 9 units, Ambulance 7 units, Rescue truck 1 unit)
4. Target Area: 11 Municipalities in Visayas
1. Project Title: The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 15 Local Government Units in Mindanao
2. Amount: USD 250,247
3. Number of Vehicles: Number of Vehicles: 17 units (Fire truck 2 units, Ambulance 14 units, Rescue truck 1unit)
4. Target Area: 15 Municipalities in Mindanao
1. Project Title: The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 20 Local Government Units in Luzon
2. Amount: USD 304,778
3. Number of Vehicles: 22 units (14 units ambulance, 6 units pumper truck, 2 units rescue truck
4. Target Area: 20 Municipalities in Luzon