May 15, 2018
(from left) Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Emil Sadain, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda at the signing ceremony of the two billion-yen grant aid to support Marawi rehab
May 15, 2018 - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Philippine government signed today a two-billion yen Official Development Assistance (ODA) supporting the rehabilitation of Marawi.
The ODA in the form of grant aid assistance will be given mainly to infrastructure projects identified under the Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Recovery Program (CRRP) of the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) which include local governance and peace building, housing and settlement, livelihood and business development, physical infrastructure, social services, and land resource management.
"As the Philippines' trusted partner in development for many years, JICA offers our support to the reconstruction of Marawi so the people of Marawi can get back on their feet and restore hope for a better life after the conflict," said JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada.
Data from the Philippines Humanitarian Country Team Report showed that 24 out of the 96 barangays in Marawi, mostly commercial districts, are currently uninhabitable and will take some time to be ready for rehabilitation and reconstruction. Meanwhile, JICA's assistance will mainly target 72 barangays and surrounding areas of Marawi City to restore the people's livelihood through recovery and rehabilitation of infrastructures.
JICA, the world's largest bilateral aid agency, is one of the Philippines' major development partners with ODA assistance amounting to $16.4 billion as of Japan fiscal year 2016. It has 109 ongoing development cooperation projects in the Philippines cutting across various development sectors to promote sustainable economic growth, overcome vulnerability and alleviate poverty, and peace and development in Mindanao.