Three hundred tons of rice from the Japanese government were recently donated to the Philippines for families affected by Typhoon Odette.
Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koshikawa Kazuhiko said the rice donation came from Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. He arrived on February 21.
It will be distributed to survivors of Typhoon Odette in Cebu, Bohol and Surigao del Norte “as soon as APTERR Council approval is given to the NFA”.
Ambassador Koshikawa stressed that “as a neighbor and friend, Japan is fully committed to supporting the Philippines’ efforts to build back better after the typhoon damage, and this rice aid is one of our commitments.” .
“We hope that these tons of rice will soon be delivered to feed the families affected by the typhoon,” he said.
The donation is part of the ASEAN Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) initiative, a regional cooperation launched in 2012.
It aims to enhance food security, poverty reduction and eradication of malnutrition among its member countries. To achieve its common objective, the parties to APTERR have agreed to build rice stocks to help member countries in the event of large-scale natural disasters.
In the Philippines, several thousand tons of stockpiled rice from Japan under APTERR were distributed to victims of previous typhoons during Typhoon Yolanda in 2013, Typhoon Ineng in 2015 and Typhoon Jenny in 2019.
In 2020, Japan also provided 425 metric tons of rice to households affected by the Taal Volcano eruption and last year parboiled rice was distributed to families affected by COVID-19 in Quezon City and Manila as well as in parts of Bulacan and Cavite. under the APTERR.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE DAILY NEWSLETTER
CLICK HERE TO JOIN