For several years, JICA has been at the forefront contributing to peace and development in Mindanao through the launching of the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BiRD) which implemented technical cooperation projects in conflict-affected areas, institutional capacity building to promote good governance, and the dispatch of socio-economic advisers in the International Monitoring Team (IMT).
Mindanao’s poverty bears a stark contrast against its rich natural resources. Data from the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB) 2012 survey showed that six of the ten poorest provinces in the Philippines are in Mindanao. Years of conflict in some parts of Mindanao have held back the peace and development it deserves.
|Source Institution||Japan International Cooperation Agency|
|Place of Publication||Makati City|
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