March 21, 2018
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will turn over 1.17 billion yen farm-to-market road projects to benefit farmers in Mindanao's conflict-affected areas on Thursday, March 22.
The farm-to-market roads located in Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur (4.7 kms); Alamada, North Cotabato (7.9 kms); and Datu Paglas, Maguindanao (8.7 kms), are components of the Community Development Project for Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao meant to assist farmers in the area.
The project is part of the socio-economic infrastructure identified to support agriculture development needs in Bangsamoro under the Study for Socio-Economic Reconstruction and Development of Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (SERD-CAAM 2007-2009).
"We aim to bring more opportunities for farmers in Mindanao by expanding their market access and sustaining their livelihood. This is our way of contributing to peace and development in Mindanao so more people could enjoy the dividends of peace and improve their lives," said JICA Chief Representative in the Philippines Yoshio Wada.
Aside from Department of Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol, officials from JICA, the Embassy of Japan, Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, Moro Islamic Liberation Front, National Economic and Development Authority, International Monitoring Team, provincial governors of Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur and mayors of Alamada, Bumbaran, and Datu Paglas are expected to attend the turn-over ceremony.
JICA has been supporting the peace process in Mindanao since 2002. Its Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD) implemented nearly 30 projects in Mindanao that helped enhance the economic backbone and connectivity in the region.