The Japanese Government extends its assistance once again to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda with the provision of 17 fire trucks and 3 ambulances, in addition to a cash grant amounting to USD 202,760 (approx. 8.5 million Php) to be distributed to the municipalities seriously affected by last year’sTyphoon Yolanda.

BFP Officer-in-Charge CSUPT CARLITO S ROMERO and Japanese Charges d’affaires to the Philippines MR. TETSURO AMANO signed the grant contract for the “Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon-Affected Areas of the Philippines” held at the BFP National Headquarters, Agham Road, Quezon City yesterday.

The BFP has expressed their greatest appreciation andis eagerly awaiting the arrival of the fire trucks and ambulances which is expected to be arriving at the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority this early November. The vehicles are made by Japanese manufacturers such as Hino, Isuzu, Mitsubushi and Toyota. The agency currently has 1,592 serviceable fire trucks, which is only 44.58% of 3,571, the ideal number of fire trucks for the whole population of the Philippines which reached 100 million this 2013. The donated equipment of 7 water tankers, 8 pumpers, and 2 rescue vehicles are a welcome addition the agency’s firefighting capabilities.

The project was initiated on May 5, 2014, when SEN. FRANKLIN DRILON accepted the terms of donation by the Japanese House of Councilors represented by HON. KENJI KOSAKA, President of the Japan-Philippines Parliamentarians’ Friendship League (JPPFL).

Ambassador Amano assured the continuing good relations between the governments of the Philippines and Japan in matters of security and mutual progress.