Signing of Record of Discussions on Technical Cooperation for Development Planning with the Republic of the Philippines: Contributing to comprehensive and sustainable urban development through the formulation of an urban development master plan and the transfer of technology
On November 10, 2023, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with the Government of the Republic of the Philippines in Metropolitan Davao for the “Project for Comprehensive and Sustainable Urban Development Master Plan for Metropolitan Davao,” a technical cooperation project for development planning.
The Metropolitan Davao area (population 3.34 million as of 2020, area 6,491 km2) is the third-largest metropolitan area in the Philippines, and is experiencing a rapid increase in its population as well as in land demand, alongside a worsening of urban problems. Therefore, it is considered necessary to formulate a long-term regional development plan and provide infrastructure based on this plan, with a view to desirable future development.
In light of these circumstances, the project aims to formulate a comprehensive and sustainable urban development master plan for Metropolitan Davao in order to contribute to balanced urban development, environmental conservation, and the stimulation of economic activities. In doing so, it will support the delivery of smooth and effective services by the Metropolitan Davao Development Authority (hereinafter referred to as “MDDA”) across a wide area within the region, as indicated in the Republic Act 11708.
This project will thereby also contribute to the achievement of SDGs Goals 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and 11 (Sustainable cities and communities).
Details for the project are provided below.
Basic project information
Republic of the Philippines
Project for Comprehensive and Sustainable Urban Development Master Plan for Metropolitan Davao
Planned implementation period
The National Economic and Development Authority
15 municipalities in Metropolitan Davao (Davao City; the Cities of Panabo, Tagum, and the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) in Davao del Norte; the City of Digos in Davao del Sur; the City of
Mati in Davao Oriental; and the Municipalities of Sta. Cruz,
Hagonoy, Padada, Malalag, and Sulop in Davao del Sur, Carmen
in Davao del Norte, Maco in Davao de Oro, and Malita and Sta. Maria in Davao Occidental.)
Specific project details (provisional)
- Formulation of a comprehensive and sustainable urban
development master plan for Metropolitan Davao
- Formulation of short-, mid-, and long-term investment programs/projects
- Development of a priority project list
- Preparation of a human resource development plan for the
operation of the MDDA, the master plan’s implementing agency
- Transfer of technology and knowledge to the counterparts and local government units (LGUs)