Japanese gov't, turns over vans, communication equipment to DSWD

Japanese gov't, turns over vans, communication equipment to DSWD

Japan continues to show that it is a friend of the Philippines.

Just earlier this week, the Japanese government turned over vans and communication equipment to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to "address the logistical limitation of the agency in delivering relief goods to disaster-affected population".

"This is part of the negotiation between the DFA (Department of Foreign Affairs) and government of Japan way back 2015. They have just delivered seven wing vans but the other six units will be coming on the second half of May. Apart from the vans, there are communication equipment and the UHF radio systems," DSWD Undersecretary for Disaster Response Management Group Felicisimo Budiongan told reporters.

Vans donated by the Japanese government (photo credit Japanese Embassy)

On Mar 26, 2015, a memorandum of agreement (MOA) strengthening friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries were signed.

The MOA included the grant and its other beneficiaries which are the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Education(DepEd) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Its coverage includes 13 wing vans, 20 UHF land-based emergency radios, a set of repeater UHF and a set of transceiver HF.
"Napakalaking tulong po nito sa ating community lalo na sa ating response team. Naghahatid po tayo ng relief goods sa mga (This is a great help to the community especially to the response team. We deliver relief goods to) IDPs (internally displaced persons) sa evacuation centers and this will help us a lot in terms of mobility and lift capability in the field offices on the ground," Budiongan said.

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