MANILA – The Philippines police force received on Wednesday a significant delivery of equipment and vehicles through a Japanese government aid program.
In a ceremony at the headquarters of the National Police in Quezon City attended by Japan’s ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda and Philippine police chief Ronald Dela Rosa, some 100 Mitsubishi Montero patrol vehicles were given to the police.
In addition, bomb suits, bullet proof vests and ballistics helmets were donated, which, combined with the Mitsubishi vans were valued at about 500,000,000 yen ($4.4 million).
The material assistance was part of Japan’s Grant Aid scheme aimed at improving capacity for combating terrorism and enhancing public security.
In a speech at the camp, Dela Rosa said the force was happy to receive such high-end vehicles, which he described as early Christmas gifts.
According to a press release on the website of the Japanese embassy in the Philippines, Haneda said the donated vehicles are printed with the national flags of the two countries, symbolizing the close friendship between them.
Japan’s Grant Aid program – started in 1968 – comes as financial assistance to a developing country without an obligation for repayment, as outlined on the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.