Japan raises funds for PH survivors

Manila, Philippines - Japan’s ruling political party assured the Philippine government of its unwavering support and assistance in the latter’s relief, reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts in areas affected by super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) yesterday said.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) gave the assurance during the handing over of its donation of JP¥ 10,589,775 (approximately P4.6 million) to support survivors of the super typhoon.

The DFA said Representative Ito Tatsuya, member of the House of Representatives (Tokyo-22nd District) and Director-General of the LDP’s International Bureau, turned over the cash assistance to Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel M. Lopez on Tuesday. “We remember with gratitude the help extended by the Philippines to us after the Great East Japan Earthquake, so the LDP organized this fundraising,” the LDP official said.

Lopez thanked the LDP and its leadership, led by its President, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, for the donation. He expressed the gratitude of the Filipino nation for all of the assistance received by typhoon victims from Japan, citing the various forms of financial assistance extended by the Japanese government, its prompt dispatch of Japanese Disaster Relief Teams and units of the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) to the Visayas, as well as donations received from private companies and individual donors.

“Japan has been very helpful amid all these challenges,” said Lopez. “I thank the LDP on behalf of the Philippine Government and the grateful communities in the affected areas, whose lives have been touched by Japan’s unremitting support.”

Meanwhile, 20 Filipinos in Laos whose families were directly affected by super typhoon Yolanda received cash assistance raised through the efforts of the Filipino community in Vientiane. The beneficiaries were endorsed by their employers, religious and civic groups.  Five of the Filipinos who had gone back home to the Philippines to be with their immediate families were represented by close friends and co-workers during the handover held at the Philippine Embassy.