Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur P. Tugade and Department of Finance (DOF) Secretary Carlos Dominguez III virtually signed the Grant for the Metro Cebu Intelligent Transportation System (MCITS) Master Plan forged between the Philippines and the United States of America, through the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), represented by Acting Director Enoh Ebong, today 15 April, 2021.
The Grant Signing is a special segment of the Virtual Economic Briefing hosted by the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, with the theme, “PH-US AT 75: Strengthening ties through sustainable recovery.”
During the momentous event, as he expressed his heartfelt gratitude for the firm partnership manifested by the Philippines and the United States, Secretary Tugade underscored the core essence of the event, which is to further bolster swift economic recovery through interdependence in trade and investments, including the establishment of a reliable transport system amid the pandemic.
“This important milestone is a substantial and much-needed thrust in our collective action plan to respond, recover, and rebuild for the future,” Secretary Tugade said.
He added, “What we need is an innovative solution that will serve as a key enabler of swift economic recovery. And we are carrying this out by working on the delivery of an efficient and reliable mass transport system that provides life and time-saving benefits.”
The transportation chief likewise expressed that the MCITS aims to establish a transport system that promotes a sustainable community that will pave way for a seamless access to jobs, schools, necessities, and homes – something that is extremely crucial in this time of the pamdemic.
For her part, USTDA Acting Director Ebong likewise conveyed her gratitude to the Philippine government for the fruitful and mutually-beneficial partnership between the two countries.
“My thanks again to Secretary Tugade and the Department of Transportation, for your partnership and collaboration, which are fully displayed today. We look forward to our continued engagement and exploration of new ways to partner together,” Acting Director Ebong said.
Other members of the Philippine delegation who were also present in the event are Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose Manuel Romualdez, and Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
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