Turnover and Grant Contract Signing for “The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to the Bureau of Fire Protection” Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No.15 - 2018
On March 23, 2018, Ambassador Koji Haneda attended the turnover ceremony of “The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 15 Local Government Units in Mindanao,” and grant contract signing of “The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 20 Local Government Units in Luzon,” which were simultaneously held at the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in Davao City. The ceremony, spearheaded by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), was attended by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, and BFP Chief Leonard R. Bañago. Mayors of recipient Local Government Units (LGUs) and approximately 200 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. Through these projects, the Government of Japan aims to assist the BFP in addressing this shortage.
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. As marked by the signing of this fourth project, the partnership between the Embassy of Japan and the BFP has further expanded in Luzon.
Under these projects, the Embassy of Japan has provided a total of 76 units amounting to USD 998,357.
Through these projects, the BFP will be able to improve its emergency services response thus complementing the efforts being made by Japan in improving disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines. It is expected that a total of 6.6 million people in Mindanao and 3 million in Luzon will benefit from these projects.
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, 534 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