The Government of the Philippines held the 2014 Philippine Development Forum (PDF) on the Bangsamoro on November 5 -6, 2014 at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City. The PDF was attended by President Benigno S. Aquino, Secretary Cesar V. Purisima, Secretary Florencio B. Abad, and Secretary Teresita Quintos-Deles from the Philippine Government as well Chairman Murad Ebrahim, First vice chair Ghazali Jaafar and BTC Chairman Mohagher Iqbal from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
Based on the Bangsamoro Development Plan (BDP), which the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) helped draft, the Government of the Philippines, MILF, and development partners including the Government of Japan discussed the development challenges in the implementation of the BDP.
Chargés d'affaires to the Philippines Tetsuro Amano, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of Japan attended the Forum on behalf of the Government of Japan and read the congratulatory message of Prime Minister Abe to President Aquino.
Japan remains committed to support peace and development in Mindanao, especially in conflict-affected areas. The Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD), the Japanese government's package of assistance in support of this endeavor, has been implemented since 2006. Since the launch of J-BIRD, Japan has provided the assistance amounting to approximately 15.1 billion Japanese yen.
In addition to the GGP support, the Government of Japan has continued to send two senior advisors under the International Monitoring Team (IMT) to assist the reconstruction and development of conflict-affected areas in Mindanao since October 2006. Moreover, since October 2009, Japan has been a member of the International Contact Group (ICG), which performs such roles as giving advice to the parties concerned on the Mindanao Peace Process and participating in peace talks as observers.--End--
1. Message from Prime Minister Abe
2. Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development (J-BIRD)