Japan, PHL ‘special friends closer than brothers’

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Ambassador Koji Haneda has reiterated President Rodrigo Duterte’s statement that Philippines and Japan are “special friends closer than brothers”, during the Ceremonial Handover of Japanese Construction Heavy Machineries and the Signing Ceremony of the Exchange of Notes with the UN-Habitat for Marawi Rehabilitation in Marawi City.

President Duterte made the statement during the visit of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in January 2017.

On March 15, Haneda led the turn over of 27 large, high-quality Japanese heavy machineries for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

“They are provided to support the Philippines’ efforts in rehabilitating and rebuilding Marawi and its surrounding areas. These large, high-quality construction heavy machineries (7 KOMATSU excavators, 3 KOMATSU bulldozers, 3 KOMATSU wheel loaders, 2 KOMATSU motor graders, and 12 ISUZU dump trucks) are expected to greatly contribute to the Philippines’ rehabilitation efforts,” the Japanese embassy in Manila said.

“Furthermore, at the ceremony, Ambassador Haneda signed the Exchange of Notes with Mr. Rollo of UN-Habitat Philippines to provide 500 million pesos of grant for the reconstruction of Marawi. Japan’s grant will support UN-Habitat’s program to provide core shelters and livelihood support for those affected by the Marawi incident,” it added.

Source: http://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/itpr_en/00_000496.html