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DPWH partners with Japanese experts for disaster risk reduction projects

September 22, 2022 - Thursday 1:09 PM by GDM

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has teamed up with Japanese experts to improve the Philippines' disaster risk reduction countermeasures through coastal engineering.

In a press release, DPWH said Senior Undersecretary Emil Sadain spearheaded the first joint coordinating committee meeting for the Technical Cooperation Project.

The five-year technical cooperation project with the Japanese experts will develop a human resource development plan to strengthen the DPWH's capacity and know-how in building disaster-proof structures along coastal areas in the Philippines.

"Japanese experts on coastal engineering will share their experiences and train DPWH personnel on planning and designing structures in coastal areas and studying how existing laws and policies can be improved to bridge the gap in disaster management", said Sadain.

Sadain also expressed his appreciation to the Government of Japan for its unwavering support to the Philippines in developing transport infrastructure and making communities safer, more resilient, and sustainable.

"The joint committee meeting has been an effective platform for the exchange of information, ideas, opinions, and experiences among key actors in coastal management as well as in reaching consensus on the considerations and planned approach towards achievement of the objectives of the project." the DPWH release read.

Some coastal issues such as erosion, flooding, and damaged coastal infrastructures in selected sites within Luzon and Visayas region were also discussed based on recent surveys and site visits.

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