The Japanese government, through its embassy in Manila, has turned-over a total of 17 emergency vehicles on March 23 to the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for distribution to local government units (LGUs) in Mindanao. Two (2) fire trucks, 14 ambulance units, 1 rescue truck were donated.
Present during the turnover ceremony held in Davao City were Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda, 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.
Recipient LGUs are Butuan City in Agusan del Norte, San Francisco in Agusan del Sur, Talacogon in Agusan del Sur, Tagum City in Davao del Norte, Koronadal in South Cotabato, General Santos City, Cagayan de Oro City, Valencia City in Bukidnon, Zamboanga City, Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte, Bongao in Tawi-Tawi, Isabela in Basilan, Cotabato City, and Davao City.
During the said event, grant contract signing of “The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 20 Local Government Units in Luzon” was also held. This will provide 14 units of ambulance, 6 units of pumper truck, 2 units of rescue truck to Luzon LGUs.
Visayas LGUs were the first to benefit from Japan’s initiative in 2014 and 2015 under “The Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles for the Typhoon “Yolanda” Affected Areas in the Philippines” and “he Project for Providing Emergency Vehicles to 11 Local Government Units in Visayas”, respectively.
“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,” the Japanese Embassy in Manila said.
“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,” it added.
The Japanese embassy said these 4 projects (2 Visayas, 1 Mindanao, 1 Luzon) have provided a total of 76 units amounting to USD 998,357.