Japan’s companies will support the Philippines to create smart city solutions- Hitachi, NEC Corporation, Tokyo Gas showcased their cutting-edge techs in smart city solutions that the Philippines can adopt for quality infrastructure development. It is time to change the bad image of the Philippines as a country of non-stop narco-wars.
The Philippines’ New Clark City will be green and disaster-resilient, promised its authorities during the seminar “New Clark City with Japan: Creating a Smart City with High Quality Infrastructure”. Moreover, the event helped to enhance Japanese-Philippines partnership in developing smart cities. The seminar was held thanks toBasesConversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), many senior officials from both sides were attending the important event.
The seminar was led by JETRO Executive Vice President Yasukazu Irino, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez, and BCDA President and CEO Vivencio Dizon. Dr Izumi said that the relationship between the Philippines and Japan is close and friendly: “ASEAN nations including the Philippines have achieved rapid economic growth, and they are now facing urban issues and problems Japan had experienced before,” Dr Izumi added.
Dr Izumi shared the strengths of Japanese cities from which the Philippines can learn from Smart Cities which incorporate various elements such as mobility, nature, safety & security, resource circulation, and use of renewable energy. The 21st century requires a more responsible and ecological attitude from people around the world.
Meanwhile, Secretary Dominguez commended the government for being on track in building New Clark City as it will be “the icon for dynamic urban centres that the Philippines intends to nurture.”
“The New Clark City we imagined can be made a reality between Filipino and Japanese enterprises by pulling our talents together and learning from each other. I’m sure we will generate the synergy required to make the city better than our present visioning allows us to grasp,” Dominguez said.
According to the BCDA President, for the Philippines, this is the dream for New Clark City and city authorities are fortunate that the Japanese government through JOIN, has collaborated with them in this vision.