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Netherlands allots P75M for Manila Bay master plan

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The government of Netherlands has allotted P75 million for the completion of the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan (MBSDMP).

Dutch Ambassador to the Philippines Marion Derckx, in a statement, said the Netherlands will extend financial and technical assistance in drafting the plan for the 190-kilometer stretch of Manila Bay.

“The commitment of my government is to help craft a good master plan, a framework, to develop the whole coast of the Manila Bay. We are ready to provide technical assistance and if needed, partly provide financing,” Derckx said.

The Philippines has also allotted P250 million for the project.

Earlier, both countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding sealing cooperation on sustainable development and management of the Manila Bay area.

Under the agreement, the two governments will work together toward the formulation of the MBSDMP, which aims to provide a comprehensive framework for the sustainable development and management of the entire harbor.

The master plan is envisioned to guide future decisions on programs and projects to be undertaken.

The Dutch are known for their integrated and innovative solutions in coastal management.

The master planning exercise between the Philippines and the Netherlands began in 2015 when the Philippine government requested the Dutch to dispatch a group of disaster risk reduction experts to Manila to conduct a scoping mission aimed at identifying and assessing the current situation in the Manila Bay area and recommend measures for sustainable development.