Philippines to seal aid agreements with Japan


Posted at Nov 12 2017 12:17 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2017 02:00 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte enters the room with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to hold their signing ceremony and joint remarks announcement at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japan October 30, 2017. Reuters/FILE PHOTO

MANILA - (UPDATE) The Philippines and Japan will "seal" 1.5 billion yen (P676 million) in grants from Tokyo in a forthcoming exchange of diplomatic notes, the Department of Finance said Sunday.

The grant includes bulldozers, excavators and dump trucks for the rehabilitation of Marawi City, which was devastated by months of fighting between the military and Islamic State-inspired extremists, the DOF said.

The Philippine Coast Guard will also receive from Japan radar systems, closed circuit televisions, and radio systems, the department said in a statement.

During President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to Japan last year, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez formalized with the Japan International Cooperation Agency a 16.5-billion yen loan for 2 large-scale patrol vessels.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected in Manila this week for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit.

The 2 94-meter ships under will be on top of 10 40-meter coast guard patrol vessels that Tokyo had earlier committed to Manila, 5 of which have been delivered with the rest due by August 2018, the DOF said.

Japan is also helping the Philippines build its first ever subway system.

(Editor's note: This story was updated to reflect a clarification from the Department of Finance on the amount of assistance from Japan)