PH, Japan exchange notes on reinforcement of 2 major Metro Manila bridges project

PH, Japan exchange notes on reinforcement of 2 major Metro Manila bridges project




The Philippines and Japan have signed diplomatic notes for the additional financing of a project, which will seeks to reinforce major bridges in Metro Mania against major destructive earthquakes.

Tokyo and Manila who has been enjoying robust relationship under the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte administration, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will provide a supplemental loan amount of 4.409 billion Japanese yen (around PHP2 billion) for the Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project (Phase II), which will rehabilitate the Guadalupe Bridge in Makati and the Lambingan Bridge in Manila.



Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu is hopeful that additional yen credit would contribute to the country’s efforts to reinforce its infrastructure against earthquakes. 


Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. sign the diplomatic notes on the Metro Manila Priority Bridges Seismic Improvement Project (Phase II) in Makati
(photo credit to owner)

"Recently, several large-scale earthquakes struck various places in the Philippines such as Manila and Mindanao, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences to those who have lost their lives, the victims, and their families," he said after signing the diplomatic notes with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr.
"Japan wishes to cooperate by leveraging on our knowledge in responding to natural disasters which is a common challenge for both our countries," he added.
The original loan agreement amounting to 9.783 billion Japanese yen (around PHP4.5 billion) was signed on Aug. 25, 2015.



As per the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) the cost increase id due to changes in due to changes in construction technology to be applied onto Guadalupe Bridge, the need for temporary detour bridges in Guadalupe, and the need for additional work shifts to the construction period, among others.






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Report from PNA

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