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By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

TOKYO, Japan — The Philippine and Japanese governments vowed to strengthen their cooperation in nine fields in the Philippines.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte listens to Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as he delivers a message during a dinner hosted by the Prime Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tokyo on October 30, 2017.

President Duterte and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in their joint statements, affirmed that they would further strengthen the “strategic partnership” between the two countries.

In infrastructure development, Japan expressed full support for the sustainable economic development of the Philippines by utilizing Japan’s funding and technology to the maximum extent to address issues in Metro Manila, particularly the serious traffic congestion.

Both countries expressed to cooperate for the improvement of power generation efficiency, as well as the promotion of electrification rate, to introduce high-quality infrastructure for power generation throughout the Philippines.

For the creation of employment and improvement of living standards, Japan will extend assistance for developing local supporting industries to participate in the global manufacturing  value chains, including in the automobile industry.

Japan will also extend assistance for local endowed courses  by providing internship opportunities with Japanese companies, and assistance for colleges and vocational training schools.

For Mindanao, Abe vowed to extend maximum support for  the rehabilitation of Marawi City. Both governments  committed to enhance the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD) to achieve sustainable security and development in Mindanao.

In public safety, the two leaders discussed  combating illegal drugs and counter-terrorism or maritime safety measures.

In combating illegal drugs, both countries will cooperate, paying particular attention to prevent relapse among illegal drug users, prevent illegal drug use, and  alleviate poverty  in the context of preventing drug use.

For counter-terrorism and maritime safety measures, Abe said the two countries will proceed with cooperation to enhance coastal surveillance capacity building. Japan will  further provide support to strengthen safety in Sulu and Celebes Seas and other parts of the region.

In this connection, the mobile cooperation team which was launched this month by the Japan Coast Guard to support capacity building next month will be conducting training exercises in Manila.

Abe assured that in the area of information and communications, efforts are underway to implement the digital transition of television broadcasting in the Philippines.

Japan is also considering cooperation with the Philippines to establish broadband infrastructure in the Philippines.

In the area of environment, the governments will cooperate to develop Waste-to-Energy power generation infrastructure in selected model cities between the Philippines and Japan.

In agriculture, both governments agreed to strengthen cooperation to promote agricultural mechanization in the Philippines to improve agricultural productivity and reduce post-harvest losses in the country.

In disaster risk reduction, the two governments vowed to continue discussions for further cooperation for the capacity building on disaster risk reduction. Japan will continue extending technical assistance to the Philippines, especially in the field of flood control, weather observation  and forecasting and warning system.

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