Japan inaugurates Center for Excellence in Humanitarian Service in Cotabato City

The newly built center for training staff of governmental agencies and NGOs will contribute to coordinating immediate assistance for victims of conflicts and natural disasters, as it will provide training for those who engage in such assistance and will equip them with practical management skills to cope with an emergency.

This project has been implemented under the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development, or J-BIRD, which was launched in December 2006 as part of Japan’s commitment to support peace and development efforts in Mindanao. Under the J-BIRD, schools, training centers and water systems have been rehabilitated and constructed through the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).

Two weeks ago, Japanese Ambassador Makoto Katsura led the turnover ceremonies also in Mindanao for the ARMM Regional Science High School, the Relief Assistance for Mindanao Evacuees, and the Houses for Typhoon Victims.

Japan’s assistance for the internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Mindanao, who have been forced to evacuate since last August because of the conflict between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, includes the Grant Agreement signed last month to provide emergency food aid amounting to 860 Million Yen (approximately 9.5 Million US Dollars) or equivalent 7,500 Metric tons of rice, through the United Nation’s World Food Programme (Press Office/Embassy of Japan)