Japanese builds community library in San Remigio

Earthquake survivors in Japan helped a village in San Remegio town recover from super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan).

Hyogo Prefecture through its non-government organization, Disaster Support Team without Border (DSTWB), built a children’s library in San Remigio, one of the typhoon Yolanda-hit areas in the north of Cebu.

The construction was completed last July 30 after only eight days of work by Japanese carpenters.

It was built on a 900-square-meter lot in Barangay Luyang, a village adopted by Cebu-based non-government organization Southern Partners and Fair Trade Center, Inc.

The four-man Japanese delegation is headed by DSTWB Director Cho Hongri who was born to a Korean family but was raised in Japan.

The Japanese also flew their traditional “Koinobori” or carp-shaped windsocks “decorated with messages and illustrations from citizens of Nagata-ward, Kobe City, the area most devastated by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in 1995.”

In his letter to Governor Hilario P. Davide III, Hyogo Gov. Toshizo Ido said their quake survivors wanted to share their recovery experiences and strengthen disaster preparedness in other parts of the world.

With the Koinobori, he said, they are praying for the healthy growth of children and deliverance from their difficulties.

He added, “Delivering this Koinobori is the embodiment of hope that the people of the Philippines will overcome this disaster, and take strong steps into the future, in the same way that these Koinobori will swim in the skies of Cebu.”

Geraldine Labradores of Fair Trade said the Japanese will also be the one to provide the community library with books, mostly devoted on psychosocial development of children.

It will be Japanese and Korean books translated in English.