Japanese actress donates funds for PH rebuilding

Posted at 05/10/14 1:07 PM

Misako Konno

MANILA - Six months after super typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan) devastated central Philippines, donations continue to pour in to help affected communities.

This time, help came from Japanese actress and writer Misako Konno who donated 1 million yen (approximately P428,817) to the United Nations Development Programme or UNDP.

"UNDP is doing a great deal to help the people of the Philippines who have been affected by this terrible storm," said Konno.

Yolanda struck central Philippines on November 8, 2013, killing over 6,000 people and displacing more than 4 million people from their homes. Over 1,000 more people remain missing.

"By helping to meet the immediate needs of affected communities, kick-start recovery through the removal of debris and waste, and generate emergency employment – they are helping to create conditions for long-term recovery and sustainable development," she said.

Konno is one of many UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors who have helped raise awareness about the plight of communities affected by Haiyan and efforts to rebuild and recover.

"I am very proud of my association with UNDP. I hope that my contribution will draw attention to continued recovery efforts in the country and, combined with other donations from around the world, empower the people to build a resilient society,” she said.

Konno has also worked since the outset of the deadly storm to raise awareness about UNDP’s efforts to rebuild the devastated region.

"We are very thankful to Ms. Konno and her hard work as a Goodwill Ambassador - raising awareness about poverty and development issues," said Maurice Dewulf, UNDP Philippines Country Director.

Dewulf said added, "Her work to help make people aware of the devastation faced by those in the Philippines has been amazing. This sizable donation, combined with her long-term support for UNDP for many years now shows true dedication to the cause of sustainable development.”

Konno made her debut in 1979, appearing in various television programs, movies and stage productions and is well-known in Japan, where she regularly delivers public lectures at schools and events advocating the importance of Japanese international cooperation.

Since becoming a Goodwill Ambassador in 1998, Konno has paid official visits to many countries to promote UNDP’s activities. She recently published a book of essays “La La La Shinzentaishi (Goodwill Ambassador),” and is the longest-serving UNDP Goodwill Ambassador. Konno received the Japan Writer's Prize in Women's Literary Category for her science essay "Sora Tobu Hotate" (English title: “The Flying Scallop”) in 1995.