Manila City Mayor-elect Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso hoped to attract major investments from Japanese firms when he joined President Rodrigo Duterte’s delegation for four days in Tokyo, Japan.
Domagoso said these investments could greatly boost his 10-year infrastructure development plan for the City of Manila, which includes projects intended to improve traffic, tourism, healthcare and jobs.
“I am looking at this working visit in Tokyo, Japan as an opportunity for the benefit of my fellow Manilans. This is an opportunity for the City of Manila to engage with prospective investors,” the Mayor-elect said.
While he has not yet officially assumed the post of Mayor, Domagoso saw the opportunity to get a head start by joining the President’s 200-member delegation.
“I haven’t assumed the position yet. The new administration will start in July. However, we want to be productive as much as possible, especially during the transition period,” Domagoso said.
“We are grateful to the President that he invited us to participate in this state visit not only for myself but also for the City of Manila,” he added.
Under his 10-year infrastructure plan, Domagoso hopes to build a new Ospital ng Maynila, create a new Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila College of Medicine building and improve the city’s health centers.
Likewise, Domagoso also proposes to build a new “Mercado de Divisoria” for Manila’s street vendors, a Manila Sky Deck along Roxas Boulevard, a new business district in Pandacan, a new City Walk or huge concrete overpass from Ermita to Binondo and a new Manila City Hall building.
The Mayor-elect also pushes to introduce an in-city vertical housing program in order to provide more homes for Manileños and reduce traffic congestion in the city.