Press Release

“The Workshop on Technical and Business Cooperation on Construction and O&M (Operation and Maintenance) of Road Tunnel" and a site visit of the Davao Bypass Tunnel were held in the Philippines
~Strengthening Cooperation in the Tunnel sector between two countries through the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC)~


    On 4 October 2022, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) of Japan and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) of the Philippines held a technical and business workshop on road tunnel construction and O&M in Manila, Philippines.
    During the workshop, a Memorandum of Cooperation for technical and business cooperation on the construction and O&M of new road tunnels was signed. The following day (5 October), the participants also visited the ongoing construction of the Davao Bypass Tunnel in Davao City.
< Outline of the Workshop>
    (1) Date: 4 October 2022
    (2) Location: Diamond Hotel, Manila, Philippines
    (3)  Content: As per the attachment “Reference Materials”
    (4) Memorandum of Cooperation
        ● Signers: Japanese side: Tetsuo Saito, Minister of MLIT, and Mikio Yoshioka Vice-Minister for
                         Engineering Affairs of MLIT
                         Philippine side: Manuel M. Bonoan, Secretary of DPWH, and Emil K. Sadain, Senior
                          Undersecretary of DPWH
        ● Purpose
                (i)   Ongoing workshops for sharing road tunnel technology and business matching
                (ii)  Holding regular meetings to exchange ideas and opinions
                (iii)  Supporting the business activities of Japanese expressway companies
< Outline of the Site Visit >
    (1) Date: 5 October 2022
    (2) Location: Davao Bypass Tunnel, Davao, Philippines
Minister Saito signing the MOC Signing ceremony           Site visit