The Japanese government have decided to lend the Philippines under the leadership of President Rody Duterte millions of funds value around $202 million to develop road projects in several parts of the conflict-affected Mindanao island in Southern Philippines.
Based on Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., a bilateral agreement had been signed by the Philippine government well represented by Locsin as well as the Japanese government represented by Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono in Davao City.
The world-renowned Japan International Cooperation Agency prepared to providing funds for the Mindanao Road Network Project.
Sec. Teddy Locsin declared that the road development project intends to let residents in conflict-ridden parts of Mindanao to have simpler access to nearby towns with hospitals and schools.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono for his role declared that Japan has been a continuous supporter of the peace process in Mindanao.
Foreign Minister Taro was cited as stating “Japan would like to contribute to the road network that supports people’s lives in Mindanao by providing access to schools and hospitals,” Foreign Minister Taro said.