May 2, 2014

Press Release/30 April 2014:

The Department of Health yesterday signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the 1.4B yen or Php700 million-rehabilitation project for health facilities that were severely affected by typhoon Yolanda.

Health Secretary Enrique Ona expressed appreciation to the JICA who had been an invaluable partner of the Filipino people in numerous development projects of the government. Mr. Niwa Noriaki and Mr. Morita Takahiro, JICA Chief Representative and Senior Representative, respectively, meanwhile, affirmed JICA’s commitment of support in the rehabilitation efforts for the victims of Yolanda.  

“The Department of Health is grateful to the help extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.We believe that this partnership will result in Rural Health Units and an Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center that will be built back better able to withstand catastrophes like Yolanda and sustain services even during such catastrophes,” Health Secretary Enrique Ona declared.

According to the health chief, the JICA project will include the construction of the OPD Building of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center (EVRMC) and the rehabilitation of Regional Health Units (RHUs) of Dulag and Abuyog in Leyte, Marabut in Western Samar, and Lawaan in Eastern Samar.

“This agreement with JICA is in line with our policy of building health facilities that are not only capable of withstanding such natural disasters but also of being operations, command, and evacuation centers during their aftermath,” the health chief concluded.