THE Japanese Government will be granting US$89,260 to the Philippine Nikkei-Jin Kai, Inc. (PNJK) for the refurbishment and upkeep of the Philippine-Japan Historical Museum in Calinan, Davao City.
The musuem opened in 1994 by PNJK in a bid to preserve Japanese artifacts and help Dabawenyos appreciate the ties between Japan and Davao City.
PNJK president Antonina Oshita Escovilla and Yoshiaki Miwa, consellor and director of the Consular Office of Japan in Davao, signed the grant contract on November 28, 2018 at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier, Davao City. The signing was witnessed by Davao City Councilor Marissa Abella and Takehiro Kano, deputy chief of mission of the Embassy of Japan to the Philippines.
Escovilla said in an interview with SunStar Davao that they hope to improve the museum similar to that of the Subangan Provincial Museum in Mati City, Davao Oriental.
"The release of the fund will be next year. By the time it is released, we will begin [with its refurbishment]," she said, adding that they already have a list of bidders for the project.
Escovilla said regular visitors of the museum include students and tourists with most of the tourists being Japanese. Some of the items that can be seen at the museum are old photos, old dental equipment, and old processing equipment for abaca.
"We hope that more Filipinos and Japanese will visit the museum to learn about and share our history," Kano said.
Meanwhile, Kano said the Consulate General of Japan in Davao City is set to be launched in 2019.
"This shows the firm commitment of Japan in deepening the relation in our two countries," he said.
Davao City councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, chair on the committee for international relations, said this will benefit Dabawenyos as they may be able to process certain documents there. (RJL)