Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) outlined 26 anchor projects for peace and development in
Mindanao under the final draft of the
proposed Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP) 2 or the Medium- to Long-Term
The Development Plan is among components of JICA’s Comprehensive Capacity Development Project for the Bangsamoro and is meant to act as useful reference or guide for the future development undertaking not just in the proposed Bangsamoro area but also in other
This week, BDA and the JICA study team presented the final draft to local and international stakeholders at a seminar in
“Regardless of the outcome of the peace process, JICA assures strong support and committed assistance towards achieving peace and development in the
Mindanao region,” said JICA
Chief Representative Noriaki Niwa.
Through BDP 2, JICA looks forward to continue working closely with the Philippine government, stakeholders and other development partners in realizing balanced and equitable development for all the people of
Taking off from the BDP 1 Study prepared for the transitional period, BDP 2 identified anchor projects including support for agricultural cooperatives; road rehabilitation and upgrading; ports and airport improvement; Greater Cotabato City urban infrastructure; communal irrigation; economic corridor development; economic zones; abaca, coco coir and sugar industrial cluster development; agri-based projects (goat farming, mixed field crops); seed production center; halal industry promotion; open market; cold chain facilities; community-based forest and coastal management; mini hydro-power development as well as Mindanao river basin integrated watershed and flood management projects.
Such projects derive from the 16 programs in BDP 2 within the development agenda of broad-based inclusive growth, pump-priming, alternative socio-economy and enhanced resources management initiatives to ensure inclusive development in Bangsamoro.
JICA noted consultations with Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Government, Mindanao Development Authority (MINDA) and existing government set-up of ARMM will help ensure effective and sustainable implementation of development projects.
BDP 2 aims to create 550,000 additional jobs in
Mindanao by 2022 and a 7.4 percent annual GDP.
has been supporting the peace
and development process in the region since 2002 with assistance to the ARMM
Social Fund for Peace and Development. Japan
official development assistance to Mindanao
totaled some 15.1 billion yen.