Japan to donate $2M for Marawi rehab

Alexis Lopez

Posted at Jul 28 2017 06:28 PM

A displaced family carry their luggage as they arrives at an evacuation center outside the city, as army troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group in Marawi city, Philippines, July 3, 2017. Jorge Silva, Reuters

MANILA- Japan will donate $2 million (222,000,000 Japanese yen) in humanitarian aid for victims of fighting between government forces and Islamic State-inspired extremists in Marawi City.

The Japanese Embassy in Manila on Friday said $1.2 million of the grant will be given through the United Nations World Food Program for the food supplies of people affected by the ongoing siege.

The other $800,000 meanwhile will be allocated to the United Nations Children’s Fund as aid for water, sanitation, and hygiene needs.

Last January, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila and even went to the latter's home in Davao City in a bid to strengthen ties between their two nations.

Earlier this month, the European Union said it would donate P49 million (850,000 euros) in humanitarian aid for the rehabilitation of Marawi City.

The Philippines new ally, China, also donated P20 million for relief operations in Marawi, including P5 million for families of slain soldiers.

Beijing also turned over P370 million worth of arms to Manila to fight terrorism.

At total of 109 state troops are among at least 607 who have died in the Marawi City clashes, which has entered its third month. Majority of those killed were terrorists.