• JICA launches oyster, milkfish project in Leyte

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    THE Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is introducing a Quick Impact Project (QIP) to support the aquaculture industry in areas hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), particularly in the provinces of Samar and Leyte.

    In a statement, JICA said it has started implementation of an integrated oyster and milkfish farming, with some 50 fish pens and 25 oyster racks to be installed in Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Tanauan in Leyte.

    JICA has partnered with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) in Region 8 and the local government of Tanauan on the initiative.

    The aid agency will also provide equipment to the Leyte Marine Biotoxin Testing Center (Red Tide Laboratory) as part of its development assistance.

    “Japan and the Philippines share common challenges when it comes to disasters, and we are sharing our own experiences and solutions to help fast track rehabilitation in Yolanda areas,” said Noriaki Niwa, JICA chief representative in the Philippines.

    JICA earlier provided a $46 million grant to support the reconstruction of elementary schools and hospitals, and provided equipment to rehabilitate the Guiuan Marine Fisheries Development Center in Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

    JICA is Japan’s implementing agency for technical cooperation, grant aid and yen loan programs under its official development assistance to developing countries such as the Philippines.

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