DAVAO CITY - Japan will lend the Philippines $202 million to build roads in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono signed a bilateral agreement on Sunday in Davao City, wherein the Japan International Cooperation Agency committed to providing funds for the Mindanao Road Network Project.
Locsin said the road development project aims to allow residents in conflict-affected areas to have easier access to nearby cities with hospitals and schools.
Kono said that Japan has been a constant supporter of the peace process in Mindanao.
"Japan would like to contribute to the road network that supports people’s lives in Mindanao by providing access to schools and hospitals," the Japanese foreign minister said.