February 6, 2023

BONTOC, Mountain Province – The Embassy of Japan (EOJ) turned over two operating room lights and delivery beds to the Bontoc General Hospital on March 4.
The turnover of the medical fixtures is the result of a joint undertaking between the EOJ and the provincial government of Mountain Province. It was funded under Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects.
During the turnover program, Gov. Bonifacio C. Lacwasan, Jr. and Vice Gov. Francis O. Tauli expressed their gratitude to the EOJ.
“What you have provided is of great help in our mission to deliver quality health services to our people. Given our limited resources, we cannot do it alone. Now, patients who go through surgeries and pregnant women who will deliver their babies at the hospital are in a safer medical setting,” Lacwasan said.
“Your expression of love and care to the people of Mountain Province through these donations will make a difference, especially in our health needs,” Tauli said.
Provincial Health Officer Nenita D. Lizardo together with the office of the Department of Health also expressed their gratitude to EOJ.
EOJ Third Secretary Junichi Hirano who represented First Secretary for Economic Section Takeo Okada also expressed gratitude to all individuals who have invested their time and efforts for the completion of the project.
He recalled that in 2017, Japan signed the P2.2 million project with the provincial government.
He said that the EOJ recognized the need to equip the operating and delivery rooms as these are among the busiest sections of the hospital, as requested by the provincial government.
“This project is another testimony to the long-standing friendship and cooperation between Philippines and Japan towards a bright future. The Government of Japan, as the top donor in the Philippines, will continue to remain deeply committed in providing development assistance,” Hirano said. – Erwin S. Batnag