DAVAO CITY — January 12, 2017 — President Rodrigo Duterte and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe have witnessed the signing of agreements between the foreign affairs, agriculture, and information technology offices of both the Philippines and Japan, respectively, outlining five agreements between the two countries.
The witnessing was held in ceremonies held at Malacanang, Thursday afternoon.
According to a release from the palace, the two countries will be signing various agreements in the following endeavors:
– Maritime safety and security, and marine protection
– Information road traffic information system through data broadcasting
– Exchange on the loan agreement and guaranty agreement for peaceful Transformation through the Land Bank of the Philippines, and various agricultural support organizations.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, together with his spouse Ms. Akie Abe and the rest of the Japanese delegation, continue their official visit to Davao City on January 13, 2017, the Presidential Communications Office said.
“The Philippines and Japan are committed to further expand and deepen its relations,” President Duterte said.
He added there was a shared interest in securing the waters as both are maritime nations.
“Japan is a continued partner for peace in Mindanao and it will continue to be one,” Duterte said. “We are grateful.”
Abe, for his part, thanked Duterte for the hospitality on his arrival.
The Japanese Prime Minister assured Duterte of Japan’s continued support.
Abe said that among the results of the initial talks is a ¥5 million investment from Japan’s assistance programs in the next five years, including those from private sector investments.
The official also mentioned infrastructures in the private and public sectors for the betterment of nation building.
Mindful of President Duterte’s roots, Prime Minister Abe said that Japan will be assuring the Philippine Government of “positive support for peace and development in Mindanao.”
This includes urban development and flood control studies in Davao City.