1. Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa exchanged notes for four Grant Aid Projects amounting to 3.8 billion yen (approximately 1,624 million pesos) with Honorable Enrique A. Manalo, Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs, and Honorable Lotta Sylwander, Country Representative of UNICEF Philippines on March 23, 2017. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced to President Duterte during the summit meeting in Manila on January 12 2017 that Japan would cooperate constructively through these projects for the socioeconomic development of the Philippines.
2. Signed Projects
(1) The Programme for Consolidated Rehabilitation of Illegal Drug Users (CARE)
Program Amount：1.85 billion yen (approximately 791 million pesos)
This programme is aimed to support treatment mechanisms and related policies for illegal-drug users by the Department of Health through budgetary support for treatment facility and guideline formulation.
(2) The Economic and Social Development Programme
Program Amount: 500million yen (approximately 214 million pesos)
This programme is aimed to contribute to safety improvement as well as socioeconomic development of the Philippines through the provision of counterterrorism/safety-related equipment like patrol vehicles to the Philippine National Police.
(3) The Project for Improvement of Equipment for Power Distribution in Bangsamoro Area
Project Amount： 771 million yen (approximately 329 million pesos)
This project is aimed to strengthen and stabilize the basis of power supply as well as contribute to the peace and development in the Mindanao region by enhancing and rehabilitating the distribution of electric cooperatives through the provision of related equipment in the Bangsamoro area.
(4) The Project for Peace-building and Education Support for Children in the Conflict-affected Mindanao (through UNICEF)
Project Amount：725 million yen (approximately 310 million pesos)
This project is aimed to improve to the humanitarian situation of the children in conflict-affected areas in the Mindanao region by assisting to improve sanitation as well as education for them and to promote peace building through UNICEF.