Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe congratulates Mr. Sukarno G. Akmad, Chairman of the Board of KDSAI after signing the grant contract for "The Project for the Construction of Darapanan Youth and Children Center in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao" on March 20, 2014.
Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Mr. Sukarno G. Akmad, Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Kapagawida Development Services Association, Inc. (KDSAI) signed the grant contract for “The Project for the Construction of Darapanan Youth and Children Center in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao”on 20 March 2014. The project, amounting to US$ 121,905 (approximately 5.4 million pesos), is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
The shortage of training centers catered to the youth is evident in Mindanao. With the development of the peace process, it is important to provide the youth with education and vocational training.
Through the GGP, KDSAI will be funded for construction of a training center equipped with various training equipment. The new training and educational center will serve as venue for vocational training and basic education for approximately 170 youth and children beneficiaries annually in the community, among them are former youth rebels who aspire to take active part and be productive in the community.
The project is part of the Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD), the Japanese government's package of assistance in support of peace and development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. Since the launch of J-BIRD in 2006, Japan has supported 75 GGP projects in the total amount of 6.8 million US dollars (approximately 300 million pesos) through J-BIRD.