MANILA—The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) led the Philippine government in signing the grant agreements with the Government of Japan for two projects on water supply and coastal management.

Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan and Noriaki Niwa, incoming Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Philippine Office, spearheaded the signing of the agreements for the two projects in April 24, 2014 at the Millenia Suites, Pasig City.

The first agreement is for the Project for Improvement of Water Supply System in Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD), which has a grant amount of JPY1.165 billion or almost PhP501 million (JPY1 = PhP0.43).

The project aims to ensure a reliable supply of clean water among consumers in the Metro Cebu area through a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. This will provide an integrated, more accurate and real time data collection and analysis through the use of scientific decision-support systems.

The MCWD will implement the project from April 2014 to March 2017.

The second agreement is for the Project for Enhancement of Coastal Communications Systems, which has a grant amount of JPY1.152 billion or almost PhP500 million.

The project, which involves the supply of communication equipment for search and rescue operations, aims to minimize maritime-related disasters for public safety and enable effective and efficient command and control within the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other related agencies nationwide.

The PCG will implement the project from April 2014 to May 2017.

“The objectives of these projects are all in line with the strategies of the Updated Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 in improving access to and adequacy of basic infrastructure services and the creation of a safer and more secured environment,” said Balisacan, who is also NEDA Director-General.