Japan turns over Y150-M equipment to Filipino fishermen

The Japanese government, through Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), continued its support for accelerating recovery and rehabilitation of areas devastated by typhoon “Yolanda”, and is turning over equipment worth JPY150 million or PhP58 million for Guiuan Marine Fisheries Development Center (GMFDC) in Guiuan town, Eastern Samar province.

Turn-over of the equipment, a total of 86 types for production of fish seedlings and algae such as Autoclave and Distilling Apparatus, aims to support recovery efforts of fishermen whose livelihood was severely affected by “Yolanda”.

“As development partner of the Philippines, we hope to contribute to government’s Build Back Better strategies in restoring economic opportunities in areas affected by the typhoon,” said JICA Philippines Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa.

The assistance is part JICA’s 4.6 billion yen grant aid program to support the Philippines’ build back better policy in reconstruction after “Yolanda” devastated most parts of Eastern Visayas’ coastal areas in 2013.

Aside from the equipment, JICA also assisted the fisheries sector in Region VIII earlier by providing milkfish and oyster racks to restore the aquaculture industry in Tanauan, Leyte as well as submersible typhoon-resilient fish cages in Basey, Western Samar.

The Japanese aid agency likewise supported rehabilitation of grouper farming and public wet market in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. JICA continues to work with the national and local governments, development partners and the private sector in sharing Japan’s knowledge and expertise in disaster recovery.

The agency also helped LGUs update respective comprehensive land use and disaster riskreduction management plans to boost government’s disaster risk reduction efforts.