Japan grants P4.4-M assistance to Montalban typhoon victims

October 28, 2009 11:38 pm 

By Gloria Jane Baylon

MANILA, Oct. 29 — The Japanese embassy in Manila Thursday turns over relief assistance worth USD2,780 (about P4.4 million) for victims of typhoon "Ondoy" in three villages of Rodriguez (formerly Montalban) municipality in Rizal province and a barangay in Quezon City, according to Minister for Economic Affairs Tomochika Uyama.

The assistance consists of emergency relief package of food and non-food items for 3,200 families (19,000 persons) in Barangay Bagong Silangan, Quezon City and three villages in Rodriguez, including Sitio Sub-urban in Barangay San Jose.

The project, in partnership with the non-governmental humanitarian organization Christian Aid, is implemented through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP).

Today's relief is part of the continuing assistance that the Japanese Government has already committed for the victims of the recent typhoons, said Uyama.

On September 28, Japan delivered emergency relief goods amounting to 20 million yen (about P10 million or USD220,000) of 1,500 sleeping mattresses, 1,500 blankets, 20 water tanks, 1,500 polyester tanks and 15 water purifiers.

In addition, the government has decided to contribute to the substantially to the Japan Platform (JPF) at Y100 million (about P50 million), for the conduct of relief and medical missions of Japanese non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

JPF is a humanitarian organization, comprised of Japanese NGOs, commercial and government institutions, which extends emergency assistance worldwide.

To date, eight JPF member-NGOs have dispatched relief missions to various areas affected by the calamity. Moreover, on October 9, Japan decided to provide food assistance amounting to USD4.5 million (about P210 million) through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP).

This WFP assistance includes cost of logistical support (helicopters and other land transportation vehicles) as well as food supplies which have been delivered to 670,000 victims within one month.

The GGP was launched in the Philippines in 1989 for the purpose of reducing poverty and helping various communities engage in grassroots activities.

Since then, more than 400 small-scale grassroots projects amounting to a total of Y238 million (about USD2.1 million) have been implemented by NGOs, local government units (LGUs), and other non-profit organizations.

Latest information culled by the embassy from the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) shows more than 890,000 families were affected by the flood waters and mudslides from Ondoy and “Pepeng.”

Some 500 people were killed and 37 people are still missing.

In addition, 31,508 families are still in evacuation centers which are dependent on assistance from donors for their daily needs. (PNA) LDV/GJB

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