Minister of Foreign Affairs Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko have formalized an aid grant of 289.6 million pesos – $204 million for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PAM) and 85.6 million pesos to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) – under the assistance Japanese Official Development Corporation (ODA).
As the largest partner in ODA to the Philippines, Japan will provide medical equipment worth 204 million pesos to 10 BARMM beneficiary hospitals and 13 units of mobile generations worth 85.67 million pesos to PCG under the economic and social development program.
Locsin and Kazuhiko exchanged diplomatic notes on Thursday, June 9, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City.
“Japan’s provision of medical equipment to 10 hospitals in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and 13 portable generators to the Philippine Coast Guard demonstrates Japan’s commitment to helping improve the lives of the Filipino people and strengthening the country’s maritime law enforcement capabilities,” Locsin said in his book. His remarks during the signing ceremony.
Kazuhiko has similar sentiments, saying that he hopes the generators will improve PCG’s law enforcement capabilities and that the medical equipment grant will enhance the quality of health services at BARMM to give people a greater chance of living a healthy life.
“In addressing the medical, social and economic development needs in the BARMM region, I hope that more people will feel the peace dividend that extends from the peace process being promoted by the Philippine government, which the Japanese government is happy to support,” the envoy added.
The 10 beneficiary hospitals of BARMM are as follows: Maguindanao District Hospital, Solo District Hospital, Cotabato Provincial Medical Center, Amai Backpack Medical Center, Datu Blah Sensuat Memorial Hospital, Tambaran District Hospital, Dr. Serapio Montaner Memorial Hospital, Datu Halon Sakilan Hospital and Lamitan District Hospital.
They will receive medical oxygen pipeline systems, dialysis machines, oxygen generation systems, autoclaves for medical waste, monitors and ventilators, among other equipment.
Japan is the number one partner in official development assistance to the Philippines, and has a long history of supporting Philippine development priorities that include infrastructure, health, human resources, agriculture, education, humanitarian aid, and disaster relief, among many others.
On the other hand, PCG will receive generators that will support the onshore power supply requirements of the nation’s vessels, including 10 multi-role 44-meter response vessels (MRRVs), which were purchased and delivered under Phase 1 of the Offshore Capacity Improvement Project. Philippines-Japan Partnership.
The new equipment will also benefit Coast Guard District stations, including those at BARMM (Cotabato/Polloc), NCR (Southern Port), Central Visayas (Central Cebu), Northeast Luzon (Sta Ana and Vagayan), Northwest Luzon (Pangasinan) and Palawan. (El Nido), Southeast Mindanao (Davao), Southern Mindanao (Scalumpang), Western Visayas (Iloilo), Southern Tagalog (Batangas), Northern Mindanao (West Misamis Oriental/Golden Cagayan).
Officials from the BARMM Regional Health Office – Dr. Zulkarnain Abbas, Officer in Charge) and Dr. Amirl Osman, Director General, flew from Mindanao to attend the signing ceremony.
They were joined by Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. from the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity.
The ceremony was also attended by PCG Commander Admiral Artemio Abo, along with officers from the PCG, Under Secretary of Transportation and former PCG Commander Admiral George Ursapia Jr., retired.
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