Mindanao to benefit from PHP30M Japan aid

A March 2, 2011 press release prepared by the Office of Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process

Thousands of internally displaced persons (IDP), rebel returnees, and other families in Central Mindanao are set to benefit from the USD 700,000 aid handed by Japan.

The amount, almost equivalent to Php 30 million, is Japan’s contribution to the International Emergency Food Reserve (IEFR) for the “Assistance to IDPs, Returnees, and Other Food-insecure Households in Conflict-Affected Areas of Central Mindanao” project.

The funding will be disbursed by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which manages the IEFR fund for humanitarian aid.

In a note verbale sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Government of Japan said that the contribution for Mindanao was “in consideration of relevant elements including request for assistance and bilateral relationship with a recipient country.”

This assistance complements the peace and development track of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) which seeks not just to achieve a negotiated political settlement but to also to address the roots of armed conflict.

Currently, the government is focused on PAMANA (Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan or Peaceful and Resilient Communities), a peace and development program which is the framework for sustaining all on-going governance and development initiatives on the ground.

PAMANA aims to promote community resilience by reducing poverty; improving governance; and strengthening capacities of communities to promote peace through social cohesion activities.

Central Mindanao belongs to the regions where PAMANA will be implemented.

Other PAMANA areas include Samar; Surigao del Sur-Compostela Valley Corridor; Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); Zamboanga, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (ZamBaSulTa) and Region IX; Negros Island; Bicol; and Cordillera.