The Japanese government is offering its support for the institutionalization of urban infrastructure planning and formulation in Davao City, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said over the weekend. In a statement, NEDA said the Japanese government and the agency recently discussed its offer with Davao City’s outgoing mayor and President-elect Rodrigo Duterte. Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Kazuhide Ishikawa and Japan International Cooperation Agency Chief Representative Susumu Ito presented the Davao City Infrastructure Development Plan and Capacity Building Project to assist in the formulation of Davao City’s urban infrastructure plan. “The Japanese government’s timely offer of assistance will enable the Davao City government to respond to the challenges of urbanization resulting from increased economic activity in the City,” said NEDA Deputy Director General Rolando Tungpalan, who was present during the meeting on June 21, 2016 in Davao City.
MAYVELIN U. CARABALLO