Following the decision of the Japanese government on January 14, 2022 to provide emergency assistance of USD 13 million (approximately PHP 663 million) for the implementation of humanitarian assistance activities for the survivors of Typhoon Odette (international name: Rai ) in the central and southern parts of the Philippines, Japanese government officials in New York, United States of America, exchanged a verbal note with representatives of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) on January 20 2022.
UNICEF will receive $1.6 million for the “Emergency Response to Typhoon Rai” project, which will be used to support 51,000 people in the provinces of Surigao del Norte, including Siargao, Dinagat Islands and Southern Leyte. UNICEF will prioritize improving access to drinking water and sanitation facilities (latrines, handwashing facilities), distribution of water and hygiene supplies, and promotion of health and hygiene practices, including COVID-19 infection prevention and control (IPC). This initiative will provide immediate and integrated humanitarian assistance and protection to children and families most in need, while restoring access to essential services to support the early recovery of the most affected communities.
Japan, in light of friendly relations with the Philippines, intends to coordinate closely with the Philippines for the earliest recovery of the affected areas.