Japan rebuilds 200 houses damaged by Typhoon Odette in Negros Occidental

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By ROY C. MABASA

Two hundred homes damaged by Typhoon Odette last December in Ilog and Sipalay, Negros Occidental have been completely rebuilt with the help of the Japanese government and the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).

Second Secretary Matsubara Tomohiro of the Japanese Embassy last week attended handover ceremonies for the project in partnership with ADRA.

ADRA is a humanitarian agency run by the Seventh-day Adventist Church with a mission to provide individual and community development and disaster relief.

Funded by Japan at a cost of JPY 29,999,992 (approximately PHP 12 million), the project aimed to rebuild a total of 200 houses in Ilog and Sipalay, providing materials for the reconstruction of the houses and training residents in construction techniques. restoration.

Typhoon Odette (international name Rai) landed in Surigao del Norte on December 16 last year, causing extensive damage in the south-central Philippines.

Negros Occidental, located in the Visayas region, was also badly damaged and many residents lost their homes.

With the completion of the project, Matsubara in his remarks said that the 200 households in Ilog and Sipalay have returned to their homes which are now safer and have managed to reduce vulnerability and impact in the event of future disasters. .

Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko reiterated Japan’s commitment to help those affected by the calamity.

“Odette survivors from Negros Occidental can now return home to their newest and safest havens! In partnership with ADRA Japan, these reconstructed homes are once again home to 200 Ilog & Sipalay residents. committed to working hand in hand with the Philippines on this journey to recovery,” Koshikawa said in a tweet.

In addition to Mastubara, also present at the ceremony were Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez, Sipalay Mayor Maria Gina Lizares, Aoki Yasuki, ADRA Japan Country Director, and Tom Pignon, ADRA Philippines Country Director.


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