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As of October, 2012

The Embassy of Japan in the Philippines



1. What is J-BIRD?


Launched in December 2006, J-BIRD ( J apan- B angsamoro I nitiatives for R econstruction and D evelopment) is designed to contribute to the peace process and development in the Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao (CAAM) and the surrounding areas in the ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao). The objective of J-BIRD is to enable the people and the communities in the target areas to enjoy the “dividends of peace” through the Japanese ODA on the basis of “Human Security” principles. As of now, the total amount of the assistance is approximately \12B .



2. Grant Aid


●Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)

    • Since the launch of J-BIRD in 2006, Japan has implemented 50 projects in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, amounting to a total of approximately \410M . 26 projects were implemented in the ARMM.
    • The projects include construction or rehabilitation of school buildings, training centers, water supply systems and agricultural facilities.

● Grant Aid for Japanese NGO's project: 1 project (OXFAM-JAPAN) in JFY 2009 3 projects (OXFAM-JAPAN 1 project and ICAN 2 projects) in JFY 2012


●Emergency food aid of rice to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) through the United Nation's World Food Program (WFP): \860M (Distribution: Jan. 2009 – Jan. 2010)






3. Technical Cooperation


● Senior Advisor for Regional Development of ARMM: Japan dispatches a senior advisor who coordinates ODA projects for ARMM and provides policy
advice on development issues with the ARMM government.


● ARMM Human Capacity Development Project (\350M): This project aims to improve capacity of middle management and operating core members of the ARMM government through the assistance for development of the “Halal Industry”, establishment of the “ARMM Administration Code” and the “Human Resource Information System,” and “Management of Infrastructure”.


● Rice-based Farming System Training and Support for ARMM (\85M)etc.



4. Loan Aid


● ARMM Social Fund for Peace and Development Project

  • This project started in April 2004, co-financed by JICA and World Bank. Japan 's contribution amounts to \2.47B .
  • CDA (Community Development Assistance) 321 projects (smaller infrastructure projects with 1.5M peso allotted for each community) and SRI (Strategic Regional Infrastructure) 33 projects (larger infrastructure projects for each province) are being conducted in the ARMM region.
  • CDA and SRI projects include construction of multi-purpose centers, water-supply facilities, agricultural facilities, elementary and high schools, and rural roads etc.

● Central Mindanao Road Project (\3.7B): This project aims to construct roads between North Upi and Kalamansig (74.82km) in Maguindanao Province.



5. NPGA (Non-Project Grant Assistance) Counter Value Fund


● 3 projects were approved in June 2009:

•  Construction of Japan-ARMM friendship hall and training center (\58M)

•  Equipment supply for improvement of road network in ARMM (\282M)

•  Personal computers for public high schools project (Phase 4 in Mindanao) (\340M)



6. Others


•  SERD-CAAM (Study for Socio-Economic Reconstruction and Development of Conflict-Affected Areas in Mindanao) (\684M) (March 2007- November 2009)

•  This project created the “Socio-Economic Development Plan” (SEDP) for the reconstruction and development of conflict-affected areas based on the comprehensive social survey and need analysis conducted on 3,847 communities.

•  The study also implemented 11 QIPs (Quick Impact Projects) and 23 OSAs (On the Spot Assistance). These are small infrastructure projects ( ex. schools, water supply facilities, rice mills) to address immediate needs of the community based on the “In-Depth Barangay Needs Analysis” (IBNA).

•  Senior Advisor for Socio-Economic Assistance (SEA) of International Monitoring Team (IMT): Japan dispatches 2 senior advisors who coordinate SEA projects and provides the monitoring of all J-BIRD projects in the IMT Headquarter in Cotabato.