Loans and grant aid project agreements to be signed by RP and Japan

by Kobakila News

MANILA (June 16) — Two yen loans and one grant aid project worth Y44.91 billion (approximately P21.70 billion) and Y1.013 billion (approximately P488.94 million), respectively, will be signed during the official visit of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Japan from 17-20 June, the Department of Foreign Affairs has announced.

The yen loan projects are the Agricultural Credit Support Project (ACSP) and the Logistics Infrastructure Development Project (LIDP) while the grant aid project involves the Project for Flood Disaster Mitigation in Camiguin Island.

The agreements will be signed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo and Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone on 18 June following President Arroyo’s bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso.

On the same day, the President will have a royal audience with His Imperial Majesty Akihito, the 125th Emperor of Japan and his wife, Her Imperial Majety Michiko, Empress of Japan.

Amounting to Y14.61 Billion (approximately P7.05 Billion), the ACSP aims to increase investments, create new job opportunities, and improve agricultural productivity in the rural areas in the Philippines by providing loan funds directly from Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) or through its conduits to the following agricultural clientele: small farmers and fisherfolk (SFF) individuals/groups, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and large agribusiness enterprises.

Meanwhile, the Y30.38-billion (approximately P14.65 Billion) LIDP is an investment financing facility proposed by the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) which can be accessed by private corporations, government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and local government units (LGUs). The funds may be used to finance infrastructure and support systems for the Strong Republic Nautical Highway (SRNH), particularly access/toll roads, bulk grains highway, and cold chain highway.

The Project for Flood Disaster Mitigation in Camiguin Island involves the construction of two Sabo dams in Pontod River and the reconstruction of the damaged Hubangon Bridge in Camiguin Island. It aims to mitigate damages caused by disasters such as flood and debris flow with the goal of obtaining sustainable economic growth, along with the improvement of living standards in the area.

The project is supportive of the policies and strategies as espoused in the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan (MTPDP) 2004-2010, specifically on the mitigation of the occurrence of natural disasters to prevent the loss of lives and properties. The project will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

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