The Japanese government through Ambassador Koji Haneda has turned over twenty-seven (27) sets of brand new heavy equipment to Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea representing the Office of the President and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar, Vice-Chairman of the Task Force Bangon Marawi, for use in the government’s rehabilitation program of Marawi City.
The grant in the form of construction machineries to be used for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of heavily damaged Marawi City is part of the Philippine-Japan Economic and Social Development Program.
The handover ceremony in Marawi City of seven (7) hydraulic excavators, three (3) bulldozers, three (3) wheel loaders, two (2) motor graders, and 12 dump trucks was also attended by Department of Budegt and Management (DBM) Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Embassy of Japan Economic Affairs Ministers Makoto Iyori, DPWH Undersecretry Emil K. Sadain, Department of National Defense (DND) Undersecretary Cesar Yano, Lanao del Sur Vice Governor Mamintal Alonto Adiong Jr., Marawi City Mayor Majul U. Gandamra, DPWH Region 10 Director Virgilio Eduarte, DPWH Project Director Madsmo Hasim and DPWH Bureau of Equipment Director Noel Ilao.
The donated equipment is a symbol of Japan’s strong commitment for the rebuilding of the greater Marawi area and demonstrate the robust bond between Philippines and Japan.
Mitsubishi Motors Philippines thru its President and CEO Mitsuhiro Oshikiri also handed over to the Task Force Bangon Marawi thru Executive Secretary Medialdea and Assistant Sectetary Felix Castro of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) donation of 26 Mitsubishi utility vehicles.
Aside from the construction machineries, the Government of Japan provided grant for the United Nations Habitat Program.
Japan continuously support through funding and technology assistance the implementation of the President Rodrigo R. Duterte administration’s big ticket projects under the Build..Build..Build program.
Japan had earlier extended financial assistance to the Philippine Government through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the widening of 24.61 kilometers Plaridel By-Pass Road in the Province of Bulacan.
Loan agreement number PH-P266 amounting 9.399 Billion Japanese Yen for the Arterial Road ByPass Project, Phase III was signed recently (February 28, 2018) by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez and JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito witnessed by DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar and Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Senior Representative Tetsuya Yamada.