March 22, 2018
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) turned over recently three farm-to-market roads amounting to 1.117 billion yen to benefit farmers in Mindanao's conflict-affected areas and as support to the region's lasting peace and development.
The road projects are located in Bumbaran, Lanao del Sur; Alamada, North Cotabato; and Datu Paglas, Maguindanao. They are components of JICA's Community Development Project for Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (CD-CAAM), a grant aid assistance in partnership with the Department of Agriculture (DA), Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP), and Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA).
Datu Paglas Mayor Abubakar Paglas and Alamada Mayor Noemia Bartolome thanked JICA and the Department of Agriculture for the farm-to-market roads saying their whole municipality will certainly benefit from the project.
The DA likewise cited JICA's long-standing partnership with the Philippines particularly in rural development in conflict-affected areas. Meanwhile, Maguindanao Governor Esmael Mangudadatu assured JICA of ensuring the security of the project's implementation.
Photo shows 3rd to 8th from left; Datu Paglas Mayor Abubakar Paglas, JICA Chief Representative Yoshio Wada, Embassy of Japan Minister Makoto Iyori, DA Undersecretary Francisco Villano, Jr and DA PDS Director Jane Bacayo.
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.