Manila, Feb. 10 -- The Philippine and Japanese governments on Sunday signed an exchange-of-notes for the construction of 150 kilometers of roads and 40 bridges worth PHP24 billion under the Road Network Development Project in Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao.

In a ceremony held at Marco Polo Hotel here, Department of Foreign (DFA) Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin affixed his signature on behalf of the Philippine government while Foreign Affairs Minister Taro Kono signed for the government of Japan.

The Japanese government, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), committed to a loan provision of USD202 million of the project cost.

The road network development project is set to enhance transportation capacity and effi...