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PIA Press Release
2007/07/04

Mindanao benefits from Japan's peace projects

by AD Cahilog

Davao City (4 July) -- The Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD) has already finished the initial batch of its projects committed under the J-BIRD program. The initiative was formally launched last December 2006 as part of Japan's commitment to support peace and development efforts in Mindanao.

These projects includes the construction of school buildings funded through Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)and post-harvest facilities funded through the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JIBC) in partnership with the ARMM Social Fund Project (ASFP).

The projects which are situated in the province of Shariff Kabunsuan and Maguindanao will directly benefit the people at the grassroots level and enable them to experience the "dividends of peace".

Japanese Ambassador Ryuichiro Yamasaki will lead the turnover ceremony which will be conducted in separate occasions at Parang National High School in the Municipality of Parang, Datu Kiram elementary School in the Municipality of Datu Odin Sinsuat, Midtimbang Central Elementary School in Malayan Municipality and Barangay Old Maganoy in the Municipality of Datu Abdullah Sangki.

The newly constructed three school buildings complete with tables and chairs will benefit more than 3,000 students, while the post-harvest facilities that include a warehouse and a solar drier will benefit 1,157 beneficiaries These are just among the 12 projects committed by the J-BIRD.

Ultimately, students can enjoy better access to quality education given a more conducive and healthy learning environment. Residents in Barangay Old Maganoy can now improve their livelihood and achieve greater economic development in the area.

The turnover will be witnessed by major stakeholders in the Mindanao peace process, led by the representatives from International Monitoring Team (IMT) based in Cotabato City; GRP and MILF Coordinating Communities on Cessation of Hostilities; Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), ARMM Department of Education and Local Government Official. (PIA-XI) [top]

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