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Japan funds P510-M water system upgrade in Cebu

The Japanese government will be infusing 1.165 billion yen (roughly P510 million) for the upgrading of the water supply system in Cebu.

The grant to the Metro Cebu Water District (MCWD) will be through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which will also monitor the progress of the upgrading of the water infrastructure.

JICA Philippines Senior Representative Takahiro Morita said the aid will provide a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system to MCWD for real-time monitoring of water distribution.

“This is part of JICA’s support to the Mega Cebu Vision 2050, an urban development blueprint that envisions a progressive environment for Cebu,” said Morita.

“By developing the water infrastructure in Cebu, JICA hopes to help the Philippines attract more investments and create jobs in Cebu and nearby growth areas,” he added.

The upgrade is expected to ensure a 24-hour water supply service and improve water pressure in MCWD-serviced areas.

JICA will also assist MCWD address its non-revenue water losses, which was at 27.6 percent as of 2012.

Foreign investors like Japan have identified infrastructure, including water supply and management, as critical in encouraging investments in the Philippines.

Earlier, JICA also facilitated technical cooperation between MCWD and Yokohama Water Co. Ltd. in Yokohama City that introduced Japanese technology and know-how including leak detections in MCWD’s operations.

Cebu, located at the center of Central Visayas, is the Philippines’ second largest metropolitan area with a population of about 2.55 million as of 2012.