Japan donating heavy equipment to Marawi
Japan is donating 27 units of heavy machinery and other equipment to the Philippine government in March 2018 to help in the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City, according to the Department of Finance (DOF).
The DOF’s International Finance Group (IFG) also reported to Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III during a recent DOF Executive Committee (Execom) meeting that 200 electric vehicles from an Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded project of the Department of Energy (DOE) will also be turned over to Task Force Bangon Marawi to help provide livelihood opportunities for residents in the conflict-torn city.
According to the IFG, Japan’s donation of heavy equipment to Marawi is a part of Tokyo’s 2.5 billion yen ($22 million) grant under the Philippine-Japan Economic and Social Development Programme, which includes the support for the reconstruction of the city and the provision of coastal monitoring radars to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG).
Dr. Hiroto Izumi, who chaired the Japan delegation, said the turnover of heavy equipment “would be a symbol of Japan’s strong commitment for the reconstruction of Marawi and demonstrate the robust bond between our two countries.”
Dr. Izumi, who is a Special Advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, also confirmed the launching of a project on the construction of shelters and community infrastructure for its residents and the budgetary support for the rehabilitation efforts for Marawi City.