Japan reaffirmed its commitment to support the Philippines in their humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HA / DR) efforts to address threats from natural disasters.
The Japanese Embassy in Manila made the statement following the conclusion of its HA / DR relief cooperation project with Philippine forces in Taguig City from November 15 to 19, 2021.
According to the embassy, ââthis was the first HA / DR activity since the HA / DR equipment moved to the Philippines last month.
As part of the 500 million yen “Non-Project Aid for the Supply of Japanese Disaster Reduction Equipment” signed in March 2015, Japan provided rescue tools for search and rescue operations such as as electric hydraulics, knives, spreaders, electric pumps and search sound detectors for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) HA / DR.
Lifeboats, life jackets and men’s transport belts were also provided for use in situations involving tsunamis and sudden torrential rains.
In its statement, the Japanese Embassy in Manila underlined how vulnerable the two countries are to natural disasters.
“As nations vulnerable to natural disasters, Japan and the Philippines share common experiences with disasters such as earthquakes and typhoons due to their climate, geography and topography,” the statement said. the embassy.
âJapan strongly supports the Philippines in their HA / DR efforts to face threats from natural disasters and rebuild better societies,â he continued.
The Japanese Ministry of Defense (JMOD) and the Japanese Land Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) had the HA / DR cooperation project with the Philippine army in the Mandirigtas training area, Libingan ng Mga Bayani in Fort Bonifacio, city ââof Taguig.
The training unit of the 43rd Infantry Regiment of the JGSDF was deployed to participate in the five-day activity, along with the 525th Combat Engineer Battalion (ECB) of the Philippine Army.
The embassy said the two units held HA / DR training exhibitions to demonstrate their HA / DR capabilities in different disaster situations.
Participants also held conferences and exchanged ideas, challenges and best practices from past HA / DR operations. Minister Yamamoto Yasushi, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan, observed the bilateral activity guided by LTC Ervin Divinagracia, commander of the 525th Combat Engineer Battalion.
At the same time, Japan reaffirmed the importance of maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific (FOIP), inclusive and based on the rule of law, democratic values, territorial integrity, transparency and peaceful settlement of disputes, and underscored its intention to work with the Philippines and other partner countries through a wide range of activities and cooperation for peace, stability and prosperity in our regions and beyond.
In November 2013, Japan extended aid to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. JMOD and JSDF deployed a total of 1,180 people, three ships and sixteen planes for medical assistance and relief in the affected areas.
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