(L-R) Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda
MANILA, Philippines – The governments of the Philippines and Japan signed on Wednesday (November 7) the Exchange of Notes on the Grant Aid of Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) UH-1H Parts and Maintenance Equipment to the Philippine Air Force (PAF); and on the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT3) Rehabilitation.
Representing both governments in the signing held at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) were Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro L. Locsin, Jr. and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda.
The Grant Aid on UH-1H parts and maintenance equipment to the Philippine Air Force (PAF), involves ¥10.68 billion (P5 billion) worth of spare parts and maintenance equipment of UH-1H helicopters which are useful in PAF’s activities related to humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, transport, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Meanwhile, the MRT-3 rehabilitation project involves “the complete rehabilitation of MRT-3, the general overhaul of MRT-3’s entire fleet of 72 Light Rail Vehicles (LRVs), and day-to-day maintenance,”
The rehabilitation works are expected to be completed in the first 26 months, and the general overhaul to be completed on the 43rd month.
Secretary Locsin noted how Japan has supported development projects in the Philippines particularly “through economic and development assistance as well as in enhancing our defense and security capabilities. It is help that has no agenda but friendship, decency, and a deep and abiding regard, as much for the safety and well-being of neighbors, as for oneself.”
The Exchange of Notes, according to Locsin, “affirms this ever-growing, mutually beneficial and gratifying relationship between our two countries and our two peoples.”
For his part, Ambassador Haneda reiterated Japan’s commitment to the Philippines saying “we do not only mark our commitments on paper, we also pledge our all-out efforts in bringing these projects into successful completion.” – Marje Pelayo (with reports from JL Asayo)