April 24, 2018
(from left) JICA Senior Representative Ayumu Ohshima, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, JICA Representative Atsushi Shibata, and DPWH Undersecretary Emil Sadain at the signing of the Records of Discussion for the Project for Master Plan and Feasibility Study on Flood Control and Drainage in Davao City
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) signed this week the Records of Discussion for a master plan and feasibility study on flood control and drainage in Davao City.
While the Philippines has been investing heavily on disaster resiliency measures, the recent Typhoon Vinta and its damage to people and infrastructure in Davao City prompted the local government and DPWH to seek assistance from JICA in formulating flood control and drainage masterplans for the city, as well as in Davao River, Matina River, and Talomo River basins.
"With this cooperation, we hope we can make a definite contribution to the flood control program of Davao and as a whole, support the Philippines' efforts in building the nation's disaster resiliency," said JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada.
Under the cooperation, JICA will prepare a master plan and feasibility study on target areas and build the capacity of DPWH engineers. The DPWH, on the other hand, will implement the project.
The basic study will cover areas such as evaluation of existing flood control and coastal activities, wave observation and analysis, drainage surveys, and setting of target designs for flood control and drainage among others.
"We're working steadfast with the stakeholders of this project to come up with a flood control program that will help prevent the recurrence of Typhoon Vinta disaster," said Wada.
JICA has a trusted partnership with the Philippines in flood control. JICA's first Official Development Assistance (ODA) to the Philippines was the Manila and its Suburbs Flood Control Project in 1973. Since then, JICA has implemented around 40 flood control projects in the country.