The Japanese government has turned over 76 units of of emergency vehicles to 35 local government units (LGUs) in Luzon and Mindanao with a total amount of USD 998,357 to further augment the emergency services response of the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).
The Japanese Embassy in Manila said that the donation reflects the efforts being mustered by Japan to improve disaster risk reduction and management in the Philippines.
Around 6.6 million people in Mindanao and 3 million in Luzon are expected to benefit from these projects.
According to the Japanese Embassy, the BFP, one of the agencies in the forefront of disaster response in the country, has an insufficient number of emergency vehicles at its fire stations to deliver its mandate.
“Through these projects, the government of Japan aims to assist the BFP in addressing this shortage,” the embassy added.