Japan recently granted Mindanao 500 million yen worth of grants to help with water and agricultural projects.
The International Labor Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization are to implement the projects as “follow through instruments of peace” said Koji Haneda, the Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines.
The grant worth $4.4 million will provide a safe and reliable water supply, well as vocational skills training on agriculture, fisheries, literacy and entrepreneurship training. Haneda says aims to help the predominantly Muslim regions transition into a self-governing region. The transition authority plants to give way to a more powerful Bangsamoro government in 2022 with its own parliament, and more executive and economic powers.
The Bangsomoro Transition Authority was launched in five years the largest group of Muslim rebels made a peace agreement with the government. This should help the estimated 3 million people in the Bangsamoro region whose best chance to sustained progression is through autonomy.