Japan International Cooperation Agency Cooperation
Secretary Bautista, at the helm of the Department of Transportation (DOTr), expressed gratitude for the invaluable support from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). He emphasized how this assistance has propelled the Philippines towards sustainable development in the transport sector while fortifying the administration’s “Build, Better, More Infrastructure” initiatives.
Japan’s Catalyst for Economic Growth
At the second Department of Transportation (DOTR)-Government of Japan-JICA coordination meeting, Secretary Bautista underscored the pivotal role of JICA’s assistance in catalyzing economic growth for the Philippines through inclusive mobility and enhanced connectivity.
“We are thus sincerely grateful for your help to improve the mass transport system in our country,”
Secretary Bautista conveyed, addressing JICA Chief Representative to the Philippines, Takema Sakamoto. During the coordination meeting, the DOTr provided updates on its ongoing infrastructure projects encompassing aviation, railway, maritime, and road sectors.
Japan’s Ongoing Support
As one of the foremost beneficiaries of official development assistance (ODA) from Japan, the bilateral agency is currently funding nine projects valued at P1.5 trillion, involving at least 14 loan agreements.
These encompass critical initiatives such as the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project, Metro Manila Subway Project (MMSP), LRT-1 Cavite Extension, LRT-2 East Extension, and MRT-3 rehabilitation.
In addition to these, JICA’s assistance extends to the aviation and maritime sectors. It supports projects like the new CNS/ATM Systems Development Project, the new Bohol Airport Construction, the Sustainable Environment Protection Project, and the Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project Phases 1 and 2.
A Dynamic Investment Hub
The transport chief emphasized that the coordination meeting holds significant importance, enabling the Philippines to
“position itself as a dynamic investment hub and an emerging gateway country to Asia.”
JICA’s Commitment to Philippine Development
JICA Chief Representative Sakamoto reaffirmed the agency’s steadfast commitment to aiding the Philippines in infrastructure development, with the overarching goal of enhancing mobility and accessibility across the nation.
In conclusion, the collaboration between the Philippines and Japan, facilitated by JICA, continues to pave the way for equitable progress, economic growth, and enhanced connectivity in the Philippines’ transport sector. This partnership stands as a testament to the enduring bonds of international cooperation and shared development goals.