US envoy ready to ‘help’ DOTr

October 14, 2022 Jun I. Legaspi 259 views

To assist with PH’s infra projects

THE United States Ambassador to the Philippines MaryKay Loss Carlson, formally conveys her offer of assistance to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), headed by Secretary Jaime Bautista, for the various transport infrastructure projects in the country.

In a meeting on October 14, 2022, Ambassador Carlson discussed with Secretary Bautista the possible technical assistance for implementing and developing the Mindanao Railway Project.

The assistance, which will be coursed through the US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), will encompass the early stage project preparation and development of a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) structure to facilitate increased private sector investment and participation.

Ambassador Carlson, along with Maritime Law Enforcement Advisory Mark Everson, Transport Security Administration attache Robert Rouland, John Avrett of USAID, and Joseph Russo of the US Embassy Manila, also offered to provide training assistance to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), particularly to the operational maintenance of agency’s vessels.

The ambassador likewise informed Bautista of the satisfactory findings of the US Transportation Security Administration (US-TSA) on its recent security assessment of the NAIA, as well as the local airlines flying to the US.