Tawi-Tawi Receives BTC-JICA’s Quick Impact Projects

The province of Tawi-tawi are among the recipients of Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) implemented through the Comprehensive Capacity Development Project for the Bangsamoro (CCDP-B),  a confidence building program of  the Bangsamoro Transition Commission Socio-Economic Office (BTC-SEO) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for  Bangsamoro communities.

Its implementation has been closely monitored by the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA), the development agency of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and a local consultant Philkoei International, Inc. based in Makati City.

Last January 20, a solar dryer with warehouse was turned-over to Pasiagan, Bongao, and the following day, January 21, a multipurpose hall building was also awarded to the community of Baldatal Islam, Sapa-Sapa. Tawi-Tawi.

Engineer Muhajirin T. Ali, CCDP-B Project Director and guest speaker during the turnover ceremony in Pasiagan community, said, “In twenty sites of quick impact projects, the Pasiagan community chose this solar dryer and warehouse based on their needs, others have selected two-classroom school building and the rest are multipurpose building according to their necessity.”

Engr. Ali added that if this project will be handled and manage properly by residents, the donor agency will not hesitate to provide more development projects.

He said that QIPs implemented in Moro communities is just only a project from the JICA. Projects that will come from the Bangsamoro government once established is another thing. “Once the Bangsamoro government will be established and runs its affairs, it is expected to provide more developments in our communities,” Ali pointed out.

For the JICA’s message to the two sites in Tawi-tawi, Kasan Usop Jr, QIP project officer read the statement of Naoyuki Ochiai, Head and Chief Leader, JICA-CPO.

JICA is hoping that through the facilities built in the area; more opportunities will come to contribute socio-economic developments for peacebuilding in the communities. 

“In spite of the unknown fate of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), “JICA has been consistent in its commitment to support the Bangsamoro people while the BBL is facing difficulties in the House of Representatives and Senate for its passage”, JICA Chief Leader Ochiai said in his statement read by Kasan, Jr.

“August 25 of last year, former JICA President Dr Akihiko Tanaka committed to MILF Chairman Al Haj Murad Ebrahim that JICA shall continuously provide its assistance to the Bangsamoro people and the Mindanao region with or without the BBL”, Ochiai said in his statement.

BDA Executive Director Dr Mohammad Yacob was also present during the ceremony along with his staff. He told to the community residents that the quick impact projects were the results of a conversation between MILF Chieftain Al Haj Murad and Dr Tanaka before the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) on August 27, 2014 at Malacañan Palace to implement a kind of projects where dividends of peace and its positive impact to socio-economic needs of the villagers can be felt immediately by communities.

During the turnover ceremony, officials of local government unit, MILF members, community leaders had extended their thanks to the MILF Central Committee, BTC, JICA, BDA and all stakeholders who have contributed to the success of the projects.

Meanwhile, Nomaire Mustapha Project Coordinator for Public Service Delivery of the CCDP-B, said that there were 11 quick impact projects already turned-over to the Bangsamoro communities as of this writing.  

The remaining 9 QIP sites, he said, that soon to be turned-over to communities from February to March 2016 are in Palimbang, Sultan Kudarat; Glan, Sarangani; Patikul, Talipao and Panglima Estino in Sulu;  Masiu and Buadipuso Buntong in Lanao del Sur; Tangkal and Munai for Lanao del Norte.