Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe congratulates Mr. Robert D. Mejos,
Kabukid Kaibigan Inc. after the grant contract for “The Project for the
Agricultural Training Center for Talaanding Tribe in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon” on March 20, 2014
Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Mr. Robert D. Mejos, President of Kabukid Kaibigan Inc. signed the grant contract for "The Project for the Construction of Agricultural Training Center for Talaanding Tribe in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon" on 20 March 2014. The project, amounting to US$ 93,923 (approximately 4.1 million pesos), is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Due to poverty, indigenous peoples (IPs) known as the Talaanding tribe on the highlands of Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon, tend to sell their own land to get immediate profit out of daily employment. As a result, their income gets unstable and poverty sometimes forces them to turn back to anti-government guerrillas.
Through the GGP, Kabukid Kaibigan Inc. will be funded for the construction of a training center equipped with agricultural training and food processing equipment. The new training center shall provide necessary knowledge and skills for 750 targeted beneficiaries from the Talaanding tribe yearly. This project is expected to improve their income and provide them with livelihood opportunities resulting to the IPs gaining back their dignity.
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.