Philippine Ambassador to Japan Manuel Lopez told Radio TV Malacañang (RTVM) that President Benigno S. Aquino III will witness the signing of contract between Japan Marine United Corp. and the Department of Transportation and Communications for 10 40-meter multi-role response vessels for Philippine Coast Guard.
The project known as Maritime Safety Capability Improvement Project is being implemented under Japanese Official Development Assistance (ODA) Loan Agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency. JMU won the bidding for 10 40-meter MRRVs against Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Niigata Shipbuilding and Sumidagawa Shipyard.
Staggered delivery is expected to start third quarter of 2016 up to the third quarter of 2018.
The President will meet 9 Filipino cadets currently studying at the National Defense Academy of Japan. They are part of exchange program between Philippine Military Academy and National Defense Academy of Japan.
Aquino is also set to encourage brand apparel Uniqlo “on expanding, not only in terms of opening more stores but also in terms of doing the actual manufacturing in the Philippines, where it will create thousands of new jobs,” Lopez said.
Together with Aquino in his state visit to Japan are Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Laura Del Rosario.