JICA to help city in drafting infra plan

THE JAPANESE government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will help the city government for 18 months in developing the urban infrastructure development plan.

“The Japanese government’s timely offer of assistance will enable the Davao City government to respond to the challenges of urbanization resulting from increased economic activity in the city,” Rolando G. Tungpalan, deputy director-general of National Economic and Development Authority (Neda), said in a statement.

The plan is for the implementation of the Davao City Infrastructure Development Plan and Capacity Building Project, which was presented by Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa and JICA chief representative Susumo Ito.

The proposed project was presented during the meeting with Neda and incoming President Rodrigo R. Duterte on June 21.

In a statement released by Neda, “the project will capacitate both local and national government personnel on new urban infrastructure planning methodologies and best practices, which is expected to be implemented over an 18-month period.”

This includes introduction of new urban infrastructure planning methodologies and best practices and development of technical know-how on the formulation planning manuals, guidelines, training materials and tools.

Neda added that there will be also “learning to input sector-specific development priorities and regional development needs to the urban infrastructure planning exercises and developing trainers/local experts through the conduct of “Training of Trainers” sessions locally and in Japan.”

“This will lead to more joint Philippine-Japan activities aimed at helping Davao and the rest of Mindanao fulfill their economic growth potentials under the Duterte administration,” said Ma. Lourdes D. Lim, regional director of Neda-XI, in a statement.

The city has been a recipient of assistance from other countries.

In 2013, the Asian Development Bank, Department of Transportation and Communication and city government with the Embassy of Japan launched the $1 million technical assistance project to support the city for the development of a sustainable urban public transport system.

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