Japan to still grant US$1M to Mindanao, despite devastation of Earthquake

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A March 24 2011 press release by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace process
Despite the devastation brought by the strong earthquake and tsunami, Japan has remained committed to supporting the peace process in the Philippines.
The Government of Japan, through its Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD), will award US$ 1,022,553 or over PHP 44 million in assistance to nine peace and development projects in Mindanao.
Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura will sign the grant contracts on Friday, March 25 at the Astoria Plaza Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. This is the fifth batch of funding support through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) under J-BIRD, which is a mechanism that supports the peace process between the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos-Deles will witness the ceremonial turnover of the check from the Embassy of Japan to South Cotabato Foundation, Inc.
Also attending will be Mindanao Development Authority Chair Luwalhati Antonino; International Monitoring Team (IMT) Head of Mission MGen. Dato Mahdi Bin Yusof; Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) Executive Director Mohammad Shuaib Yacob; and Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) Undersecretary Luisito Montalbo.
The nine grantees of Japan’s new assistance package are the Bangsamoro Leadership Management Institute (BLMI), Sultan Mohammad Dipatuan Kudarat Islamic Academy (SKIA) Foundation, Inc., Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), Municipal Government of Datu Paglas, Municipal Government of Mabini, Municipal Government of Kauswagan, Pananag Elementary School, Bual ARBA Multi-Purpose Cooperative and Mindanao Children’s Library Foundation, Inc.
The projects include construction of five school buildings, two training centers, a floating school and a post-harvest facility.
About J-BIRD
Launched in December 2006, J-BIRD aims to enable conflict communities in the South to enjoy the “dividends of peace” through Japanese official development assistance on the basis of human security principles.
To date, it has supported 50 grassroots projects, amounting to US$ 3.8 million or about PHP 217 million.
Aside from contributing development aid, Japan has been a member of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) that monitors the implementation of the security, socio-economic development, humanitarian, and civilian protection components of the GPH-MILF peace process.
It is also a member of the International Contact Group (ICG), which was created to help move the GPH-MILF peace process forward by giving advice to both parties and participating in peace talks as observers.