A TECHNICAL team of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is in Camiguin to appraise and evaluate the technical and economic viability of constructing two flood control dams in the Sabo River along Sitio Pontod, Barangay Hubangon in Mahinog town and restoring Hubangon Bridge.
The technical team arrived last August 7, headed by Satoru Mimura, director of JICA's Disaster Management Division II, Global Environment Department, according to Engr. Ronnie Almazor, project coordinator of the Provincial Planning and Development Office.
Mimura is accompanied by Fuyuki Sagara, JICA project coordinator and a technical group from CT Engineering International Co., Ltd., a Japanese consulting firm hired by JICA to help conduct the Basic Design Study.
The study team will stay until September 15 to conduct site surveys and collect necessary data and information on the condition of Sabo River and the bridge both located in Hubangon.
The Basic Design study will provide necessary document for the appraisal of the project by the Government of Japan if it is suitable for the Grant Aid Scheme.
Last June 2006 the Philippine Government has requested for a Grant Aid Flood Disaster Mitigation from the Government of Japan for the province of Camiguin.
The Grant Aid scheme provides the recipient country with non-reimbursable funds to procure the facilities, equipment and services for its economic and social development.
Before its approval, the proposal has to undergo several stages from field surveys, which includes meteorological survey, ground and river topographic surveys, geotechnical investigation, hydrological condition survey of the project site.
The findings will then be analyzed in Japan and submitted to the Cabinet for approval.
The institutional capability of the recipient agency to maintain and operate the facilities and equipment will also affect the decision of the Japan Government for the Grant Aid. (PIA-MisOrOccCam)