The Japanese government signed a memorandum of agreement with the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and University of the Philippines-Los Baños to boost disaster resiliency in industry-agglomerated areas like the Laguna Lake.
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), together with Japanese small and medium enterprise E-Trust Co. Ltd., will implement the three-year project, “Enhancing Resiliency through Community Participatory Flood Observation for Laguna Lake Basin.”
“We want to share Japan’s experiences and knowledge on disaster management with developing countries like the Philippines. The project aims to create an early warning system and craft long-term solutions to disasters like floods,” said Hayato Nakamura, JICA Philippines Project Formulation Advisor for Disaster Management.
Nakamura said the project will be implemented under the direction of Nagaoka City, a leader in Japan in disaster management, particularly in implementing flood mitigation measures for rivers.
E-Trust Co. based in that city will provide the technical assistance for the flood monitoring system.
Ryuichi Sakai, vice president of E-Trust. Co. Ltd., said public participation through a monitoring system will enhance better governance and management of river systems by local governments.
Other Japan institutions involved in the project are Ritsumeikan University, University of Tokyo, and Research Institute for Humanity and Nature.
The Laguna Lake is also among the pilot areas of the JICA’s five-year research project for a science-based conservation policy for the Philippines called the Coastal Ecosystem Conservation and Adaptive Management or Cecam, a partnership of Japanese and Filipino researchers from universities in Tokyo and in the Philippines.