PH, Japan sign P1-B grant agreement
MANILA – The Philippine government, through the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), has signed grant agreements worth around P1 billion with the Japan government for two projects on water supply and coastal management.
The first agreement, which has a grant amount of around P501 million, is to ensure a reliable supply of clean water for consumers in Metro Cebu area through a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
The system aims to improve data collection and analysis through the use of scientific decision-support systems.
The project will be implemented by the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD) from April 2014 to March 2017.
The second agreement is for the Project for Enhancement of Coastal Communications Systems which involves the supply of communication equipment for search and rescue operations.
The project, which has a grant amount of almost P500 million, aims to minimize maritime-related disasters for public safety and enable effective and efficient command and control within the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other related agencies nationwide.
The PCG will implement the project from April 2014 to May 2017.
Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan and Noriaki Niwa, incoming Chief Representative of the Japan International Coordination Agency (JICA) Philippine Office, led the signing of the agreements on April 24 at the Millenia Suites, Pasig City.
“The objectives of these projects are all in line with the strategies of the Updated Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 in improving access to and adequacy of basic infrastructure services and the creation of a safer and more secured environment,” Balisacan said.