By Raymund Antonio
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday said it received the 27 sets of brand new equipment from the Japanese government for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.
Japanese Ambassador Koji Haneda turned over the heavy machineries to Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in a ceremony held in the war-torn city.
Medialdea represented the Office of the President while Villar is the vice chairman of the Task Force Bangon Marawi.
Japan’s donation of heavy equipment to Marawi City is part of Tokyo’s ¥2.5-billion or $22-million grant under the Philippine-Japan Economic and Social Development Program.
DPWH said the equipment donated by Japan is a symbol of its “strong commitment” for the rehabilitation of Marawi and it “demonstrates the robust bond“ between the two countries.
The Philippines received seven hydraulic excavators, three bulldozers, three wheel loaders, two motor graders, and 12 dump trucks from Japan.
Also present during the turnover were Budget Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Embassy of Japan Economic Affairs Ministers Makoto Iyori, Defense Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., and other local and DPWH officials.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines, through its President and CEO Mitsuhiro Oshikiri, also handed over donation of 26 Mitsubishi utility vehicles to Task Force Bangon Marawi.
Aside from the construction machineries, the Japanese government also provided grant for the United Nations Habitat Program.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) dispatched its vessel to transport relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSDW) and school supplies to Marawi.
Captain Armand Balilo, PCG spokesman and chief of the agency’s Public Affairs Office, said Coast Guard ship BRP Corregidor arrived in Iligan Port Thursdaymorning.
He said the vessel was carrying 3,000 food packs and school supplies composed of 4,163 pairs of shoes and thousands of uniforms for elementary and high school students in Marawi.