MANILA, Philippines – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on Monday said it will continue to support the growth of the Philippine economy though Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA).
“We will continue to support, as we have done in the past, job creation and poverty alleviation in the Philippines,” said JICA chief representative Noriaki Niwa.
JICA, which is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the ODA throughout the year, has about 118 projects in the Philippines that focus on industry and investment promotion, human security, socio-economic infrastructure, health care, disaster management, and peace and development.
To mark the 60th anniversary of ODA, exhibits will be held in Manila and Baguio to engage the next generation of young Filipinos as well as various government and non-government stakeholders.
A national essay competition for high school students and a JICA commemorative publication will also be launched.
“We hope that the young generation of Japanese and Filipinos will learn from past JICA projects in the Philippines, as well as explore new ideas to expand and sustain Japan-Philippines cooperation,” said Niwa.
JICA is assisting the Philippines in the rehabilitation of Yolanda-hit areas, construction of the new Bohol airport, extension of rice farming, and development of the small-medium entrepreneur industry.
It also has projects involving human resource development scholarships to Japan, capacity development for the Bangsamoro, development studies for ASEAN roll-on/roll-off, Mega Manila integrated transport infrastructure, and adaptation and resiliency against disasters.
Japan’s assistance in the Philippines amounted to 70 billion yen in 2012 and has remained a top donor to the Philippines for several decades.