June 14, 2018
The rehabilitated Marabut Municipal Hall is part of a comprehensive grant aid package from the Japanese government to promote disaster resiliency and rebuild communities affected by Typhoon Yolanda
The Embassy of Japan (EOJ) in the Philippines, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Municipality of Marabut in Samar Province recently inaugurated the rehabilitated municipal office of Marabut.
Said rehabilitation is part of JICA's development cooperation to assist the Philippines in promoting disaster resiliency, specifically in Typhoon Yolanda-affected areas.
Top officials of the Municipality of Marabut and Provincial Government of Samar, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the residents of the town also attended the inauguration.
"The Philippines' and Japan's long-standing friendship has proven that our partnership remains firm whether in good times and in times of disasters. Japan shall never forget that the Philippines were one of the countries who offered helped when the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami struck our country in 2011," said JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada.
The municipal hall in Marabut is part of the 4.6 billion-yen comprehensive JICA Grant Aid for Typhoon Yolanda areas. The Lawaan municipal hall inaugurated early this year was also part of said grant support. Designs of both buildings also allow them to serve as evacuation centers during disasters.
In Marabut, the municipal hall was the second building rehabilitated under JICA grant aid following the rural health unit turned over in 2017.
"This municipality hall we handed over today was built based on Japanese standards that emphasize quality and safety using the concept of Build Back Better," said Wada.
The Philippines and Japan are among the top disaster-prone countries in the world, data from the 2016 World Risk Index of the United Nations (UN) showed. Their geographical position on the Pacific Ring of Fire makes both countries particularly vulnerable to natural disasters. Apart from Typhoon Yolanda assistance, Japan has been sharing its expertise in disaster risk reduction with the Philippines since the 1960s through hard and soft infrastructures including capacity building of the country's frontline disaster agencies.
Meantime, the JICA Grant Aid Assistance for Typhoon Yolanda Rehabilitation and Recovery also includes rebuilding of schools, rural health unit, and providing equipment for DPWH, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (D.Z. Romualdez Airport), National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), and local electric cooperatives.
A technical assistance was also provided to various regional and local government units of the Philippine Government such as production of hazard maps and quick impact projects.
Officials from Embassy of Japan, Japan International Cooperation Agency Philippines, Oriental Consultants Global, local government of Marabut, provincial government of Samar, DPWH Region VIII, and DILG Samar, were present in the inauguration and turn-over ceremony