Philippines, Jica forge pact on coastal projects

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has entered into a new partnership with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) to enable the Philippines to increase its capacity to deal with climate change through a technical approach.

DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado and Eigo Azukizawa, Chief Representative, Philippine Jica Office, on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, signed the Minutes of Discussions for Coastal Engineering Capacity Development for the Disaster Resilience Project relating to the Disaster resilience of coastal communities.

The signing event held at the DPWH Central Office was also attended by Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (Upmo) Operations; Upmp Flood Control Management Cluster Project Manager Ramon Arriola III; Project manager Dolores Hipolito and Masanaki Yamagiuchi and Chihiro Mototani from Jica.

In his message, Mercado thanked the Japanese government, through Jica, for their continued support of the Philippines in developing not only the quality of road and transportation infrastructure, but also in creating more inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities in the archipelago.

Mercado and Sadain previously attended the 12th Meeting of the Japan-Philippines Joint High-Level Committee on Infrastructure Development and Economic Cooperation via conference call and reported on the status of some major projects under the Jica funding.

The projects mentioned are the Dalton Pass East Alignment Project, the Central Mindanao Highway Project-Cagayan de Oro-Malaybalay Section, the Parañaque Spillway/Tunnel Project, the Davao City Flood Control and Drainage Project and the Urgent Bridges Construction Project for Rural Development Phase 2.

According to Sadain, chief implementer of flagship projects under the Build, Build, Build program, large-scale projects backed by Japan have played a crucial role in shaping and strengthening the Philippine infrastructure landscape, and the new collaboration between Jica and DPWH on coastal infrastructure plays a crucial role Role They are expected to help effectively address the challenges of climate change and build safe, resilient and sustainable communities.

The DPWH Coastal Engineering Capacity Development Project for Disaster Resilience has a project duration of five years from the date of the first deployment of Jica experts in July 2021.

The project involves a two-stage planning methodology: 1) Basic planning survey, in which the implementation structures are determined, and 2) Detailed planning survey, in which a detailed plan is formulated to start the core activities of the project.

The core activities of the project include lectures, case studies, policy development, implementation of at least three pilot projects, establishment of a coastal engineering staff development program and the creation of a roadmap.

Case studies are conducted three to four times a year, examining two cases at a time.

On the other hand, the project roadmap focuses on providing direction for better coastal management through actual examples observed in the Philippines, such as , law enforcement, public awareness/education and dissemination of technical knowledge/training of technical personnel. (PR)

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