The Philippines and the Netherlands will work toward the formation of a Manila Bay master plan to provide a comprehensive framework for the sustainable development and management of the bay.
Following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the sustainable development of the Manila Bay area on Jan. 22, Socioeconomic Planning Security and NEDA director general Ernesto Pernia said the MOU will address an issue of critical importance: balance between economic growth and sustainability of the environment.
Pernia and Dutch Ambassador Marion Derckx exchanged and signed the documents of the MOU. Pernia had nothing but good comments for the Dutch for having unparalleled and extensive knowledge and experience in programs and projects that protect vulnerable coastal zones such as the Manila Bay.
Dutch Ambassador Derckx mentioned that their contry has similar projects in Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia which their country does not only shared their experice but are willing to exchange notes with their Filipino counterparts to develop more knowledge in partnerships.
Pernia described the signing of the MOU as a solid commitment to preserving a proud heritage for future generations of Filipinos.
WITH REPORTS FROM: Pia Lee Brago, The Philippine Star
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