Japan delivers new bridge to Ifugao

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Japan handed over the Alimit-Nattum RCDG (Reinforced Concrete Deck Girder) bridge with access roads built through the “Forest Land Management Project” donated by Japan. It now provides easier access for the facilitation of good forest management as well as for the transport of agricultural and non-agricultural products of upland communities, especially indigenous peoples.

Sakamoto Takema, Chief Representative of JICA Philippines, attended the event along with Tachikawa Jumpei, First Secretary and Agricultural Attaché at the Japanese Embassy. Also in attendance were Ifugao Representative Solomon Chungalao, Governor Jerry Dalipog, Mayoyao Mayor Jimmy Padchanan, Jr., DENR CAR Executive Director Ralph Pablo and DENR Director Al Orolfo.

The 80 meter long bridge with an access road is part of the Agroforestry Support Facility sub-project of the Forestland Management Project. Prior to this sub-project, there was only a small suspension bridge that a single pedestrian could cross between Barangays Alimit and Nattum. The 73 million peso infrastructure will connect two barangays, enabling improved mobility, access to social services and connectivity not only for the 1,626 residents of these two barangays, but also for neighboring communities. This sub-project also includes the planting of more than 3,400 hectares of forest trees, agroforestry activities, firewood and silvopasture for livestock.

On the domestic front, Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko sees this initiative as another step in strengthening cooperation between Japan and the Philippines on the priority issue of climate change of the new Marcos administration, while addressing the urgent needs and long-term interests of the country and improving the quality of life. of the local population.

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This initiative is part of the Japanese government’s 10-year 9.244 billion yen Forest Land Management Project (FMP) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Environment and Resources. Natural Resources (DENR).

The FMP, which was launched a decade ago, has highlighted environmental protection, including forest land management, as a major pillar of collaboration between the Philippines and Japan. The FMP aims to protect 71,300 hectares of forest in watersheds across the country, including the Upper Magat and Cagayan river basins, the Pampanga River basin and the Jalaur River basin. Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Nueva Ecija and Iloilo are among them.


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