Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has launched its Official Development Assistance (ODA) Map for Metro Manila marking new cooperation projects in transport infrastructure to attract investments and create jobs.
The ODA map listed JICA’s 142 past and ongoing cooperation in development areas like transportation, agriculture and agribusiness development, disaster risk reduction (DRR) initiatives, energy, education and human resource development, environment, governance, health, industry development and investment climate improvement, product quality and standards, and technology and innovation. Others include projects with Japanese small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sharing Japan’s technology and innovation in a wide array of development areas.
JICA’s new cooperation on transport infrastructure includes the Metro Manila Subway Project that will connect Quezon City in the north and Paranaque in the south, and the Metro Rail Transit (MRT) Line 3 Rehabilitation Project to help raise the safety standards and capacity of the existing MRT Line 3. Ongoing projects, meanwhile, are Road Upgrading and Preservation, Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project, Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project, Capacity Enhancement of Mass Transit Systems, Arterial Road Bypass, to cite a few.
“Metro Manila is a global hub whose economic backbone includes international businesses and local industries. JICA’s cooperation in Metro Manila, as depicted in the ODA Map, aims to boost competitiveness and connect Metro Manila to nearby growth areas,” said JICA Philippine Office Chief Representative Yoshio Wada. “We are closely working with different government agencies in implementing these projects, and affirm our commitment to helping improve the quality of life of many Filipinos.”
Metro Manila ranked among the top emerging global cities in 2016 in terms of its attractiveness to global capital, people, and ideas, based on 2016 data from global consulting firm A.T. Kearney. It has about 12.8 million people and contributes 36.6% to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
JICA’s ongoing projects in Metro Manila include: Capacity Building on Integrated Data Management of Flood Forecasting and Warning (DRR), Non-Revenue Water Improvement Project in the West Zone of Metro Manila (Environment), Comprehensive Capability Improvement Project for Maritime Law Enforcement (Governance), Program for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (Health), and Technical Assistance Project to Establish the Philippine Railway Institute (Investment Climate Improvement).
JICA is the world’s largest bilateral aid agency working with more than 150 countries and regions, with total ODA amounting to US$19.57 billion in 2017. In the Philippines, the total value of JICA programs amounted to JPY 47.41 billion in fiscal year 2017.