“I am pleased with Japan’s reiteration that it is fully committed to – as he described it – ‘give flesh’ to the 1 trillion yen or close to nine billion dollars pledge for assistance to the Philippines,” President Rodrigo Duterte said in joint press conference after the meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Monday in Tokyo.
“This covers huge impact and high value infrastructure projects that my country needs to sustain and spur our economic growth,” the President added.
“There will be some of the most ambitious and groundbreaking projects, including the Metro Manila Subway project, and major developments in the regions and provinces,” he said.
Prime Minister Abe committed to fast-track the implementation of Metro Manila subway project; and the railway project which will connect Metro Manila to central Luzon.
Duterte said the Philippines and Japan are entering the golden age of strategic partnership.
“It’s a commitment founded on the democratic values we hold dear. It’s a resolve that has withstood the test of time. Working together, we should have much to show and to be proud of in the years to come,” he said.