February 21, 2023
President Tanaka (left) and President Marcos
On February 10, JICA President Tanaka Akihiko held talks with the President of the Republic of the Philippines, Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos Jr., in Tokyo.
At the beginning of their discussion, President Tanaka shared his expectation for the further deepening of the relationship between Japan and the Philippines, building on the strong trust fostered through the two countries’ long-lasting friendship. Introducing some of the impressions from his visit to the Bangsamoro Muslim Mindanao Autonomous Region last month, he emphasized the importance of the Mindanao peace process, which will eventually contribute to the stability, development, and prosperity of the whole country. He pledged JICA’s commitment to its continuous cooperation with the Bangsamoro Transition Authority, including building the latter's capacity for public administration, under close coordination with the Government of the Philippines.
In response, President Marcos expressed his gratitude for JICA’s comprehensive cooperation, which includes infrastructure development, disaster prevention, and the pursuit of peace and prosperity in Mindanao, as well as his expectation for Japan’s sustained cooperation as an important partner of the Philippines.