Capiceños Thank Japan Gov’t. for Help
Panay mayor Dante Bermejo said that they are very thankful to the government of Japan for the various assistance to his people who were among the victims of typhoon Yolanda in November 2013.
He said that the Japan government through the Japan Heart was the first to respond to his town in the aftermath of said devastating typhoon that displaced many of his residents.
“Aside from the Japan Heart, several other Japanese organizations have likewise extended their help to us particularly in providing livelihood opportunities for the coastal and island residents,” he said.
Bermejo added that the Japanese government has likewise partnered with the UN Habitat and Department of Social Welfare and Development in the construction of 70 houses.
He also expressed his appreciation to the said government for positively responding to their request for food for work program in the area.
The Japan government through its Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries donated to Panay town a total of 175.11 metric tons of rice for the identified 5,837 families in the area for the food for work program.
The donation to said municipality is part of the 580.08 metric tons of rice donation for victims of Yolanda in Carles, Iloilo and Balete, Aklan.
The rice donation, for which Panay is the only recipient in Capiz, was made through the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) for the Tier 3 program.
Bermejo said that each beneficiary is given a total of 30 kilograms of rice after rendering five days works such as clean-up and clearing activity in the barangay roads and highways as well as dredging of canals and drainage.
The turnover of rice donation, March 5, in Panay town was personally attended by APTERR General Manager Wiroj Saengbangka, MAFF-Japan Director General Akira Karasawa, Japan Embassy in the Philippines First Secretary Ryutaro Aoki and other Japan officials.
Also present were top officials of the National Food Authority led by Deputy Administrator Ludovico Jarina and NFA Assistant Administrator Joseph Dela Cruz, representatives from the Department of Social Welfare and Development, as well as representatives from the provincial governments of Iloilo, Aklan and Capiz. (JSC/JBG-PIA6 Capiz)