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Work on G-to-G projects resume

G-to-G projects resumed work at 80%

MANILA – Chinese Ambassador to Manila Huang Xilian expressed his appreciation for the Philippines’ efforts to promote government-to-government cooperation between the two countries.

In a statement, the Chinese Embassy in Manila said Ambassador Huang exchanged views with Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar on how to overcome the impact of COVID-19 and pursue government-to-government arrangements.

DPWH Undersecretary Emil K. Sadain and Minister Counsellor Jiang Jianjun also attended the virtual meeting held last Friday, July 31st.

According to the Chinese Embassy statement, the Philippine economic team and the Chinese representatives kept an effective mechanism of communication and cooperation.

The projects up for implementation have resumed operations at over 80% capacity.

Ambassador Huang said both sides need to introduce innovative ways to further strengthen the communication and cooperation. He also expressed optimism more projects would be launched and that both countries will benefit from the Belt and Road Initiative and “Build, Build, Build” program.

Secretary Villar was reported to have expressed willingness to work closely with the Chinese side in the fight against COVID-19 and would push all concerned projects that would support the infrastructure program and bring more benefit to the Filipino people.

The Department of Public Works and Highways have taken responsibility for 14 G-to-G cooperation projects with China. Three projects have been reported completed while 11 others are considered work in progress including the two bridges project in Manila which will be inaugurated with the Duterte administration. (Melo M. Acuña)

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar (left) talks with Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian in a virtual meeting on government-to-government projects between the Philippines and China last July 31,2020. (Chinese Embassy photo)

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