THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has acknowledged the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) and the Philippines as showcases of solid development cooperation in the region.
“JICA’s ties with Asean are deep and will continue to deepen. Our bilateral ties are not purely economic, rather they are founded on friendship and shared aspirations for generations,” JICA Chief Representative Susumu Ito said.
The agency also noted that the Philippines, along with other Asean members such as Indonesia and Vietnam, was among the first recipients of Japanese assistance.
As of 2015, Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) to Asean totaled 16 trillion yen.
The Philippines, at $9.4 billion, was the third largest recipient next to Indonesia and China.
JICA highlighted its cooperation with Asean and the Philippines during last month’s Tanabata Festival in Baguio City.
JICA’s development cooperation in Northern Luzon, Ito said, shows the agency’s commitment to support the region’s connectivity and economic growth.