JICA pushes Daisho’s landslide tech

Photograph Courtesy of DAISHO
Photograph Courtesy of DAISHO

Japan has introduced Daisho's more "environment-friendly" anti-landslide technology to the Philippine government as support for its intensified public-private partnership campaign.

Japanese firm Daisho Co. Ltd., through the Japan International Cooperation Agency or JICA, presented its slope-protection technology to the Department of Public Works and Highways over the weekend.

"Daisho's unique technology applies a so-called unit-net method where ground surfaces of mountain slopes are covered and reinforced without cutting trees," JICA explained in an email to DAILY TRIBUNE.

JICA said the technology benefits mountainous communities, such as those in the Cordillera Administrative Region, which are now at higher risk of erosion due to climate change.

"Climate change leaves increasing and catastrophic floods and landslides that not only impact lives, but also damage roads and other infrastructure and economies," JICA said.

Daisho cited faster installation, which reduces the construction time by 20 percent compared to the traditional method.

"It uses a special drilling method that does not require temporary scaffolding during construction," JICA said.

JICA said Japan could further strengthen relations with the Philippines for mutual socio-economic growth by linking private firms to the government.

Japan remained the top ODA provider to the Philippines in 2021, with a 32 percent or $10.4-billion contribution to the total fund.

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