The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who supported the realization of the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP 2) together with Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) handed over the Final Report on the Development Plan for the Bangsamoro under the Comprehensive Capacity Development Project for the Bangsamoro (CCDP-BDP) to the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Central Committee on 25 June 2016 at in its Administrative Camp at Darapanan, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao.
MILF Peace Panel Chief Negotiator and Bangsamoro Transition Commission Chairman Mohagher Iqbal said in his opening statement: “I would like to congratulate BDA for this achievement; and of course the leadership of the MILF, the role and support of our steady and reliable partner, the Japan International Cooperation Agency, this BDP will not be realized.”
The JICA Chief Representative to the Philippines Susumo Ito also graced the program. He is optimistic that the peace process between the government and the MILF will be sustained.
“Rest assured that our various technical cooperation programs and grant assistance will be continuously implemented. By working together in solidarity, we are convinced that the Bangsamoro people will realize the dividends of peace,” he added.
“JICA shares the Philippines’ collective vision for just and lasting peace and inclusive development in Mindanao. When carried out, the BDP will help bridge the poverty gap and enhance the connectivity of Mindanao with other regions,” said Chief Representative Ito.
Ito was accompanied by Yuko Tanaka, JICA PP Senior Representative along with Cristina Santiago, and Teresa Mendoza. The JICA CPO Head and Chief Leader Naoyuki Ochiai, Shu Nishimaru and Koji Demizu, the outgoing Japanese representative in the IMT Takayuki Nakagawa was also part of the team.
“Despite the non-passage of the BBL, the MILF decided to allow the selected implementation of the BDP in the envisioned core territories which are considered the hardest hit in poverty with delivery of social services and furtherance of horizontal conflict,” said MILF Chairman Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim.
“With the assistance from the government-private sector, civil society organizations, international partners, we hope that hand in hand we will be able to improve the overall quality of life of our residents in the Bangsamoro,” Ebrahim pointed out.
The MILF 1st Vice Chairman Ghazali Jaafar opined that the BDP will not be materialized if the government for the Moro people is not established. As a requisite to this, he said “We believe there can never be a government for the Moro people unless there is a law, set of law and the governance of the Bangsamoro.”
Meantime, Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan, BDA Chairman who handed-over the document to MILF Chairman Ebrahim said “We in BDA are once again honored to be part of this turn-over and launching of BDP 2, a master plan on infrastructure and economy of the Bangsamoro to the MILF Central Committee.”
On November 2, 2014, the BDP Integrative Report that served as blueprint for Bangsamoro development was also launched in Camp Darapanan wherein various government agencies, OPAPP, NGOS, CSOs, UN agency, IMT and other peace stakeholders witnessed the historic event.