Senate commends outgoing Japanese envoy for strengthening PH-Japan ties

Published November 18, 2020, 1:00 PM

by Vanne Elaine Terrazola

The Senate has adopted a resolution commending outgoing Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda for strengthening the ties between the two countries.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte discusses matters with outgoing Ambassador of Japan to the Philippines Koji Haneda who paid a farewell call on the President at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park, Manila on November 10, 2020.
(KING RODRIGUEZ/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

During the plenary session Tuesday, the chamber Adopted Resolution No. 74 to commend Haneda “for his remarkable work as envoy of Japan to the Philippines bolstering the bilateral relations and strategic partnership between the two countries.”

All senators were made co-authors to the measure.

“Ambassador Haneda was a friend to many.I myself became very close to him because of his support for the Bangsamoro Organic Law. He was a very active partner of the peace process in the BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao) and he would be sorely missed,” Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri, who introduced the resolution, said.

Zubiri also praised Haneda for his humility.

President Duterte recently conferred the Order of Sikatuna with the rank of Datu to Haneda, who is set to end his tour of duty later this month. When he returns to Tokyo, he will reportedly end his four decades in the Japanese Foreign Service.

Zubiri said that since he was assigned to the post in Manila in October, 2017, the Philippines and the Japan International Cooperation Agency have signed over 650 billion yen worth of loans. Several loan and grant agreements have also helped the administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

He added that it was during the term of Haneda that the Japanese government provided assistance to the country’s maritime security capacity building, through the turnover of patrol vessels, high-speed boats, and naval aircraft, to aid in the conduct and delivery of immediate rescue operations and to improve maritime security in Philippine waters.

The Japanese government, through Haneda, had also extended significant assistance to Mindanao, allocating substantial amounts for peace, normalization, and socio economic development in the region, making Japan among the first to respond to the call for assistance in rehabilitating Marawi City, Zubiri said.

 
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