Iloilo rekindles friendship with Japan


ILOILO – The chief executives of the city and province of Iloilo rekindled their friendship with the Japanese government during its envoy’s first visit here on Wednesday.

Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and his wife Etsuko were warmly welcomed by Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog upon their arrival at Hotel del Rio, Iloilo City.

In his message, the governor thanked the Japanese government for their “unquantifiable” support to boost Iloilo’s economy through the establishment of Iloilo Airport in 2007.

He also thanked the Japanese for helping them restore the province’s marine resources in Banate Bay in Banate town and for empowering the persons with disability in New Lucena.

Through the support of Japanese International Cooperation Agency, the multi-billion Iloilo Flood Control Project, which helped mitigate flooding in the province’s capital, was also realized.

“We can no longer quantify and determine the extent of Japan’s help to the Philippines, especially in the province and city of Iloilo,” he said.

He added that “Japan and Philippines have long been friends and partners in moving this country forward and for it to acquire its place in the sand.”

Meanwhile, Mabilog also expressed gratitude to the Japanese government in helping the city in its solid waste management and disaster risk reduction and management.

After lunch, the ambassador and his group went to New Lucena to visit their Technical Cooperation Project for Disabled Persons in New Lucena. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)

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