Japan hands over new equipment for Marawi City

Published March 17, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

The Japanese government, through Ambassador Koji Haneda, has turned over 27 sets of brand new heavy equipment to Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea and Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar, who is also the 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 will be used for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of heavily damaged Marawi City, and is part of the Philippine-Japan Economic and Social Development Program.

The handover ceremony in Marawi City of seven hydraulic excavators, three bulldozers, three wheel loaders, two motor graders, and 12 dump trucks was also attended by Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno, Embassy of Japan Economic Affairs Ministers Makoto Iyori, Department of Public Works and Highways (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 was considered 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 Medialdea and Assistant Sectetary Felix Castro of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC), 26 Mitsubishi utility vehicles.

Aside from the construction machineries, the Government of Japan provided a grant for the United Nations Habitat Program.

Japan continuously supports 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 to 9.399 Billion Japanese Yen for the Arterial Road By-Pass Project, Phase III was signed last February 28 by Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)  Chief Representative Susumu Ito and witnessed by Villar, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia, and JICA Senior Representative Tetsuya Yamada.