PH-Japan strengthens ties to push infrastructure projects “Build Better More”

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Japan’s Ambassador to the Philippines, Kazuhiko Koshikawa, paid a courtesy call on Secretary of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Manuel M. Bonoan, and assured that the Japanese government continues to support the government’s efforts Philippine in terms of infrastructure to “build better more” under the leadership of the President. Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr. directors.

The two (2) leaders spoke about bilateral coordination and advancing the realization of more infrastructure projects.

“Having heard about all the exciting new projects, I really appreciate the kind visit and am grateful for the time spent despite the Japanese Ambassador’s busy schedule,” said DPWH Secretary Bonoan, who was with Principal Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain as they welcomed the Japanese delegation to the DPWH Central Office on August 17, 2022.

Economy Minister Masahiro Nakata and Second Secretary Tomohiro Matsubara of the Japanese Embassy in the Philippines; Senior Representatives Kenji Kuronuma, Masanari Yanagiuchi and Yo Ebisawa from the Philippines Office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); and project managers Ramon A. Arriola III and Benjamin A. Bautista of DPWH Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) clusters are also present at the meeting in person while JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines Takema Sakamoto participated virtually.

Japan has been and continues to be the largest official development assistance (ODA) donor to the Philippines, with grants, loans and technical assistance provided throughout the country since 1966.

According to Principal Undersecretary Sadain, the Japanese government, through JICA, is currently supporting 13 costly infrastructure projects of the DPWH, including the expansion of the Arterial Bypass Project Phase 3 (Plaridel) 23 kilometers in Bulacan Province under JICA Loan Agreement (L/A) No. PH-P266; improvement and maintenance of about 1,184 kilometers of arterial trunk roads under the Roads Improvement and Preservation Project (RUPP) funded by JICA L/A No. PH-P247; Central Luzon Link (CLLEX) Freeway Project 30 kilometers from the connection of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Freeway (SCTEX) and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Freeway (TPLEX) at Balingcanaway, Tarlac City and terminates at Daang Maharlika Expressway in Cabanatuan City under JICA L/A No. PH-P249; and the construction of a 45.5 kilometer 4-lane Davao City Bypass construction project under JICA L/A numbers PH-P261 and PH-P273;

Additionally, the Islamic City of Marawi has been awarded a grant/grant of 2 billion Japanese Yen or approximately £970 million for the design and construction of Marawi Trans-Central Highway Phase 1 of 18, 97 kilometers as part of the support program for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of the city of Marawi. .

In order to support the government’s peacebuilding initiatives, JICA, under L/A PH-F-P1, is also funding the Road Network Development Project in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (RNDP-CAAM ) involving the development, construction and improvement of approximately 174.50 kilometers of access roads linking the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) and other areas in Mindanao, including another Phase 3 of the 18.78 kilometer Marawi Trans-Central Highway.

Japan has also pledged to support the construction of the Cebu-Mactan Bridge (4th Bridge) and the coastal road construction project covered by JICA L/A No. PH-P274 which is currently in the detailed engineering design stage.

To protect flood-prone areas and build resilience to climate change, four (4) sub-projects have been completed under the Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan River, Tagoloan River and Imus River ( FRIMP-CTI) funded by JICA L/A No. PH-P253.

Meanwhile, ongoing flood control projects are the Middle Marikina River Canal improvement works including the construction of the Manggahan Control Gate structure and the construction of Cainta Floodgate and Taytay Sluicegate at the Junction Sections of Cainta and Taytay Rivers at Mangahan Floodway under the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase IV Funded by JICA L/A No. PH-P271; Cagayan De Oro River Flood Risk Management Project (FRIMP-CDOR) under JICA L/A No. PH-P259; and Cavite Industrial Area Flood Management Project under JICA L/A No. PH-P265.

DPWH and JICA

The Government of Japan has also extended its financial support for the construction of interchanges at the main intersection in Quezon City under the Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project Phase VI (MMICP-VI) and Interchange Project. seismic upgrade of priority bridges in Metro Manila to enhance the resilience of the transportation network. in Metro Manila by improving the durability and safety of the Guadalupe and Lambingan Bridges against large-scale earthquakes.

Technical assistance has also improved the capacity of DPWH to prepare feasibility studies and detailed engineering design of project proposals submitted for NEDA Board approval.

Pipeline projects with completed and ongoing feasibility studies under a JICA grant include the Parañaque Spillway/Tunnel Project; Dalton Pass East Alignment Road Project (Dalton East Bypass Project); Mindanao Central Highway Project (Cagayan De Oro-Malaybalay Section); and Davao City Flood Control and Drainage Project. The proposal to carry out feasibility studies for the Liloan Bridge and the Butuan Bridge under the Urgent Bridge Construction Program for Rural Development (UBCPRD II) Phase II was also submitted for consideration by the JICA.

Principal Undersecretary Sadain said that technical cooperation is another component of Japanese ODA to the Philippines that has contributed to the acquisition of technical skills through short-term and long-term training for the improvement of human resources. . Japan’s ODA project also encourages the transfer of Japanese technology and expertise.

This last quarter of 2022, a workshop on the construction, operation and maintenance of the road tunnel will be held with the aim of providing a solid basis for joint ventures between Japanese and Philippine companies.

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