DPWH and JICA Hold Review Meeting
To discuss activity progress and other action plans under the JICA portfolio, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has conducted a review meeting.
In his report to Secretary Mark A. Villar, Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations Emil K. Sadain said that this meeting provided both parties to assess infrastructure projects under the Build Build Build program of the Duterte administration. Meanwhile, Secretary Villar expressed his appreciation to the government of Japan for its assistance to the country - either through loan agreement or grant.
In December 2020, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhiko Koshikawa has assured to continue the robust relationship between the two countries. At the meeting, Undersecretary Sadain presented the overall progress of the 13 Japan-assisted high impact infrastructure projects namely: Arterial (Plaridel) Road Bypass Project Phase 3; Central Luzon Link Expressway; Programme for the Support to Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Marawi City and Its Surrounding Areas; Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan De Oro River; Flood Risk Management Project for Cagayan River, Tagoloan River and Imus River; Davao City Bypass Construction Project; Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project; Road Network Development Project in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao; Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project Phase 4; Cavite Industrial Area Flood Management Project; Cebu-Mactan Bridge (4th) and Coastal Road Construction Project; Dalton Pass East Alignment Road Project; and Parañaque Spillway/Tunnel Project.
Because of these projects, governments can provide jobs and many opportunities in the Philippines.
The portfolio review meeting held at JICA Philippines Office in Makati City was also attended by officers and staff from UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1 headed by Project Director Virgilio Castillo, Flood Control Management Cluster headed by Project Director Ramon Ariola, and Bridges Management Cluster headed by Project Director Rodrigo Delos Reyes who are all involved in the management of JICA-assisted projects.