Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP) Promotion in League of Municipalities of the Philippines – General Assembly
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) - Press Release No.14- 2018
Third Secretary Atsushi Kobayashi made a presentation promoting “The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP)1” at the General Assembly of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) held in Manila Hotel on March 20, 2018, where around 1,300 Municipal Mayors from various municipalities all over the Philippines attended.
The Embassy of Japan had implemented more than 533 projects in the Philippines, which provided facilities and equipment for education, health, agriculture and capacity building under the GGP. Japan and Philippines are entering a “Golden Age of Strategic Partnership,” thus the Government of Japan would commit to provide more project for the Philippines from the macro-level up to the community level. The presentation also emphasized Japan’s effort in helping the Bangsamoro especially in the conflict-affected area in Mindanao collectively called as J-BIRD*2 (Japan Bangsamoro Initiative for Reconstruction and Development).
After the presentation, many participants visited the Embassy of Japan booth installed at the venue to make clarifications and ask questions about GGP. Many of them have expressed their interest in GGP and want to improve the condition of their communities through this scheme.
Note*1 The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) was established in 1989 to assist NGOs and local public authorities in developing countries in responding to various development needs in a prompt and complete manner, even though on a comparatively scale.
For more information about GGP / Japan’s ODA to the Philippines, please visit our website at: https://www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/bilateral/oda/grassroots.html.
Note*2: Since 2006, Japan has been intensively implementing Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects and other ODA projects for conflict affected areas in Mindanao, collectively called J-BIRD (Japan-Bangsamoro Initiative for Reconstruction and Development). Their total amount is over 200 million US Dollar. Furthermore, when former President Aquino made a state visit to Japan last June 2015, Japanese Prime Minister, Mr. Shinzo Abe, expressed at their summit meeting his support for efforts by the Government of the Philippines to secure enduring peace in Mindanao, and stated that the Government of Japan will promote the J-BIRD II, in view of the establishment of a new autonomous political entity.