The Philippine government will work together with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to produce a master plan and feasibility study aimed at improving flood control and drainage system in Davao City.
In a statement, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the plan would further develop the city’s river basin and drainage system.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar and JICA Philippines Office Chief Representative Yoshio Wada inked the Records of Discussions (RD) which is needed for the “conduct of feasibility study needed in the formulation of a blueprint towards flood prevention in the city following the Integrated Watershed Resources Management (IWRM) Approach.”
According to the RD, the study will have three phases: (1) the basic study of the consolidation of basic information/data; (2) the master plan study for the drainage and flood-control of Davao City which includes Davao River, Matina River, and Talomo River Basin; and (3) the conduct of feasibility study on urgent and/priority projects.
Both parties set a timeline of 24 months to finalize the whole study.
Present during the signing were DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, DPWH Unified Project Management Office – Flood Control Management Cluster Director Patrick B. Gatan, DPWH-UPMO Project Manager Rogelio Ang, JICA Expert Takafumi Nakui, JICA Philippines Senior Representative Ayumu Ohshima and JICA Philippines Economic Growth Group Representative Atsushi Shibata.
JICA has been working hand in hand with the goverment across all sectors, such as providing projects targeted for farmers in Mindanao as well as introducing smart-grid technologies in Batangas to enhance the reliability of electric cooperatives’ distribution system in the area.