Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe congratulates Ms. Noraida C. Abo, Executive Director of United Youth of the Philippines Women Inc. after the grant contract for "The Project for the Construction of Community Technical and Training Center for Women Empowerment in Malapatan, Sarangani" on March 20, 2014.
Japanese Ambassador Toshinao Urabe and Ms. Noraida C. Abo, Executive Director of United Youth of the Philippines Women Inc. signed the grant contract for “The Project for the Construction of Community Technical and Training Center for Women Empowerment in Malapatan Sarangani” on 20 March 2014. The project, amounting to US$ 94,409 (approximately 4.2 million pesos), is funded under the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP).
Most of Bangsamoro people in Malapatan, Sarangani have been suffering from poverty due to social perception that makes women’s social participation difficult. However, such perception has gradually been changing; it is well acknowledged now that women’s social participation leads to better economy.
Through GGP, United Youth of the Philippines Women Inc. will be funded for construction of a training center equipped with various training equipment. This facility will provide around 1,000 women with vocational training and seminars for women’s wider participation. Also, around 35% of the beneficiaries belong to the indigenous people in the area.
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.