Official Development Assistance - updates

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Davao City gets more foreign funding under Duterte

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:22 PM

Now that Davao City's longtime mayor has become the most powerful man in the country, his city has taken its place at the ODA banquet table

HEADS OF STATE. Chinese President Xi Jinping and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte wave to members of the media after inspecting the honor guard during a welcoming ceremony in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

NEDA: Japan still Philippines' top ODA provider

Dec 29, 2018 - 2:41 PM

Japan's loans and grants to the Philippines in the first 3 quarters of 2018 reached $5.98 billion or more than 40% of the total Official Development Assistance received by the Philippines during the period

INFRASTRUCTURE PUSH. The Philippines and Japan reaffirm their commitments to build roads and construct a subway system in Metro Manila. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Delayed projects cost government P230 million in penalty fees in 2017

Sep 19, 2018 - 1:50 PM

On top of the millions in penalties, auditors doubt that the 17 projects will be completed within the loan period

Gov't to lease retail, dining spaces at Metro Manila Subway stations

Mar 25, 2018 - 9:20 PM

Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the revenues would help pay off Japan's loan for the construction of the subway

Dominguez photo by Malacanang

Philippines, Japan sign P4-billion loan deal for Bulacan road

Feb 28, 2018 - 7:31 PM

The loan will go towards expanding the Plaridel Bypass Road from two lanes to a 4-lane carriageway national road

Building projects through ODA not in conflict with PPPs – ADB

Nov 23, 2017 - 7:05 PM

While the Duterte administration favors official development assistance over public-private partnerships, the Asian Development Bank says PPPs 'will continue to be a way of doing business'

Philippines' foreign aid disbursements decline in 2016

Nov 20, 2017 - 8:30 AM

The Department of Transportation, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Land Bank of the Philippines, and National Irrigation Administration are the top 4 agencies that failed to meet disbursement targets for 2016

UNMET TARGETS. The decline in disbursements reflects the planning and implementation capacities of project management offices. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

NEDA Board approves Metro Manila Subway, longest railway

Sep 12, 2017 - 7:30 PM

UPDATED These big ticket projects will be funded via official development assistance ODA from either China or Japan

BETTER TRANSPORT. These big-ticket projects form part of Mega Manila Dream Plan, a transport network roadmap seen to decongest the country’s capital. Images courtesy of

$7-B Metro Manila subway to be extended to NAIA

Sep 06, 2017 - 6:10 PM

From an earlier projection of 4 4 billion P225 17 billion the cost of the proposed subway goes up to 7 billion P358 25 billion


Jul 06, 2017 - 8:32 AM

Similar to the past there are internal battles being fought as regards the right balance between state and market

Major railways, national transport policy get NEDA Board approval

Jun 28, 2017 - 6:10 PM

For majority of the approved infrastructure projects the mode of financing is changed from public private partnership PPP to official development assistance ODA

11 DEALS. Some of the projects approved are major railways and an airport expansion deal. Photo by Malacanang

PH's longest railway to get funding from Japan, possibly China

Jun 26, 2017 - 8:15 PM

UPDATED The Manila Clark and Manila Laguna lines will be funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency while the Department of Transportation is eyeing China for the Laguna Sorsogon line

LONGEST RAILWAY. This would run from Clark in Pampanga all the way to Sorsogon , Bicol. Rappler file photo

Bulk of Duterte's massive infra plan to be funded via local financing

May 31, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Only about P1 3 trillion or 18 will be accounted for through public private partnership projects

HYBRID. The administration of President Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for a hybrid mode, where the government will build the infrastructure projects and later bid out the operation and maintenance to the private sector. Stock photo

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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5 regional airports removed from PPP pipeline

May 23, 2017 - 3:50 PM

UPDATED It is back to zero for the development of 5 small airports in Bacolod Davao Iloilo Laguindingan and Bohol A prospective bidder feels embarrassed and dismayed over what has happened

TERMINATED. The development, operations, and maintenance of New Bacolod-Silay Airport was supposed to be auctioned off via the public-private partnership scheme. Image from

FAST FACTS: How important is the EU to the Philippines?

May 18, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The European Union is a major donor the 2nd top export destination and the 4th top source of OFW remittances among others

RELATIONS. The relationship between the Philippines and Europe spans trade, official development assistance, tourism, among others.

Mindanao Railway project approaches rollout

Jan 16, 2017 - 12:42 PM

Another project that could be given the green light to start procurement is the Panay Guimaras Negros bridge that is estimated to cost P21 67 billion

SPUR DEVELOPMENT. A railway in Mindanao and an inter-island bridge connecting Panay, Guimaras, and Negros will be up for NEDA Board approval. Rappler file photo

Dev't aid 'highest ever' under Duterte – Dominguez

Jan 15, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says the President through his astute diplomatic skills has raised around P890 billion in official development assistance

PH FUND RAISER. President Rodrigo Duterte shakes hands with Davao City businessmen in Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City on January 14, 2017. Photo by Karl Alonzo/PPD

Historic first: 20 gov't loans worth P7.6B up for audit

Dec 23, 2016 - 3:25 PM

A special provision in the newly signed 2017 budget law allows this congressional audit and investigation – the first of its kind in the Philippines

Duterte on non-renewal of US aid: We'll be glad to lose it

Dec 16, 2016 - 9:29 PM

We will not go hungry without the American aid We are not that desperate says President Duterte during an interview with reporters in Singapore

'NOT DESPERATE.' As far as President Rodrigo Duterte is concerned, US aid to the Philippines can 'start packing.' Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

NEDA: 'Sizeable impact' on PH economy in 2017 if China delivers on pledges

Nov 03, 2016 - 6:14 PM

NEDA chief Ernesto Pernia also says the Philippines will screen Chinese companies interested in government projects to weed out shady firms

Japan gives PH loan, grants for patrol ships, high-speed boats

Oct 27, 2016 - 11:25 AM

The loan worth P6 8 billion will go to the acquisition of two large scale patrol ships while the P280 million grant will be used to purchase 15 high speed boats

SHIP FROM JAPAN. The Barko ng Republika ng Pilipinas (BRP) Tubbataha docks at Port Area in Manila on October 12. Photo by ROBINSON NINAL/ Presidential Photo

Drilon: Constant insults vs allies could put $3-B aid in jeopardy

Oct 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM

In response Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says I am not the foreign affairs minister but I would say that yes there is some logic to what you re saying

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Aug 19, 2016 - 1:15 PM

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China, Japan, Korea keen on funding Mindanao railway project

Aug 18, 2016 - 8:55 PM

The proposed 2 000 kilometer Mindanao wide railway is currently undergoing a feasibility study

FAST FACTS: PH-Japan relations through good and bad times

Jan 26, 2016 - 5:54 PM

The visit of the Emperor and Empress of Japan coincides with the 60th year since the normalization of diplomatic affairs between the two countries

Japan pledges $2B loan for North-South commuter rail project

Aug 06, 2015 - 9:30 PM

This is the largest loan package of the Japanese government to a development partner says the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs

ROBUST RELATIONS. The ODA package is firm testament to the robust bilateral relations between the Philippines and Japan, says Communications Secretary Coloma

EU business leaders present ‘wish list’ to PH gov’t

May 12, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The European Union releases its first industry driven advocacy paper addressing specific regulatory issues that hamper a more favorable market environment The Philippine government vows to heed the appeal

Aquino signs law promoting development of sugarcane industry

Apr 02, 2015 - 1:00 PM

The law aims to aid the development of the sugarcane industry especially as import duty will be 5 this year

Official dev’t assistance loan triples in 4Q 2014

Mar 30, 2015 - 11:47 AM

The World Bank is the biggest source of loans amounting to 4 46 billion

EU doubles PH aid to 325M euros

Jan 13, 2015 - 1:06 PM

The European Union hikes its official development assistance to the country following the trade bloc s zero tariff grant to more Philippine export items

MRT7 construction to start before 2014 ends

Aug 25, 2014 - 1:02 PM

After several years of delay San Miguel secures a performance undertaking from the finance department green lighting the P63 billion PPP project

Indigenous elders support ‘questionable’ Iloilo megadam

Aug 05, 2014 - 7:06 PM

The Panay Bukidnons hope the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project Phase II – 3 dams a 6 6 megawatt hydropower plant an 81 km high line canal – will finally bring progress to Calinog town

TRIBAL COUNCIL. Leopoldo Caballero (left), head of the council of elders of the Panay-Bukidnon indigenous people in Calinog, Iloilo, holds a press conference with his brothers Romulo and Rodolfo, also tribal leaders, to express support for the Jalaur River megadam despite unfavorable findings on the project. Photo by Joselito Villasis/

A dose of Abenomics for Asia's development institutions: Starting with the ADB

May 10, 2014 - 7:31 PM

The Manila based international lender is in need of its own third arrow of reforms

Japan grants PH investment grade

May 08, 2013 - 12:33 AM

The Japan Credit Rating Agency Ltd follows similar upgrades debt watchers Fitch and Standard Poor s have recently granted the Philippines

ODA disbursements slow down in 2012

May 02, 2013 - 4:38 PM

The Philippine government disbursed only 62 89 of loans granted by multilateral development groups in 2012

No more foreign borrowing for PH in 2013

Apr 23, 2013 - 6:30 PM

The local bond market and concerns about the strong peso prompt the Philippines one of the most active players in the global bond market to no longer tap the foreign commercial debt market this 2013

DOLLAR PURCHASES. The central bank eases the limit on dollar purchases by Philippine residents to temper the peso's rise. Photo by AFP

Japan to finance P24-B PH infra projects

Mar 25, 2013 - 7:03 PM

The projects include a mass transit and an airport

Philippines a 'rising tiger' - World Bank

Feb 05, 2013 - 7:52 PM

The Philippines is no longer the sick man of Asia says World Bank Country Director Motoo Konishi

Only 3% of development aid goes to Mindanao - Abad

Feb 04, 2013 - 6:36 PM

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad urges multilateral agencies and other donors to extend more loans and grants to Mindanao as only 3 of official development assistance received by the Philippines goes to the region

DESPERATE FOR AID. In this file photo, victims of Typhoon Pablo jostle for position as they beg for relief food being distributed by members of a private company in New Bataan, Compostela Valley on Dec 9, 2012. AFP photo

Japan extends $100-M loan for PPP, job programs

Oct 13, 2012 - 6:04 PM

PH Japan sign 100 M loan for PPPs and employment generation programs

ODA disbursements in 2011 reach USD 1.67-B

Mar 05, 2012 - 10:45 AM

ODA disbursements in 2011 were 4 higher than the previous year