MEMBERS of the Japanese Coast Guard on Friday, June 2, paid a courtesy visit to Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.

The commander of the ship of the Japanese Coast Guard together with their companions, who are holding joint exercises with the Philippine Coastguard Davao City, met with the mayor.

Duterte-Carpio, in a media interview, said that possible reason of these exercises was the agreement signed by President Rodrigo Duterte and Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"Maybe they are here because of the memorandum signed by President Duterte and Prime Minister Abe, as a joint cooperation with Japan and Philippine Coast Guard," she said.

She said that Japanese Coast Guard, composed of 50 personnel, wanted to also come but there is no time as their ship will immediately leave to Vietnam after the joint exercises.

Duterte-Carpio said that the visitors did not mention any donation of equipment, saying that joint exercises which were held in here is help enough to the Philippine Coast Guard.

"They did not mention about any equipment but the joint exercises is help enough for the coast guard, (for them to acquire) new techniques. I am sure Japanese coastguard has modern technology and they can share their techniques and expertise with the Philippine Coast Guard," she said.