The delegation included officials of Tokyo Century Corporation which has established a Philippine subsidiary called BPI Century Tokyo and the Japanese firm Oriental Consultants which is involved in the Mega Manila Subway Project feasibility study, as well as the senior program officer of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Japanese companies offered joint credit mechanisms for the development of projects designed for energy saving and low-carbon technologies. One example of such project was a possible solar farm at the old Payatas landfill, which initial studies show can generate about 3.4 megawatts of electricity.
In 2018, Mayor Bautista and Osaka City Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura signed a Memorandum of Understanding where both cities will work to promote a low-carbon society. The 2019 visit is part of the commitment under this MOU to hold annual high-level policy dialogues to develop and promote climate change mitigation initiatives.
EPWMD head Frederika Rentoy said that partnership between the two cities started in 2015 with Osaka government’s offer of technical assistance on waste to energy technologies. In 2017, the studies covered climate change. The commitment was firmed up with the signing of the MOU in 2018. The partnership has led to assistance to QC for feasibility studies in waste to energy technologies, solar energy and climate change initiatives. The collaboration with Osaka is helping our city meet its commitments under global climate change action plans.
The Quezon City Government’s Local Climate Change Action Plan (LCCAP) guides our city through the development of a roadmap for reducing greenhouse gases, in support of this low-carbon target.