Japan to continue supporting Bangsamoro peace process

Cotabato City– Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has vowed to support peace efforts in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), an online report by Mindanews said Saturday, November 4.
Fumio announced during a special joint session of congress at the Batasang Pambansa that the Japanese government has been supporting the Philippine government in its efforts to address the conflict in some parts of Mindanao.
He said his government pledged to provide construction equipment for disaster management in BARMM.

“Japan has supported the peace process and economic development over the past two decades. We just announced yesterday in a meeting with President Marcos the provision of heavy equipment for disaster management in Mindanao,” he said.

On Friday, the signing of the Exchange of Notes between the Philippines and Japan took place for the provision of construction equipment for disaster quick response operations in BARMM, the report said.

In a joint press statement, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. expressed “appreciation for Japan’s continued commitments to the development of the Philippines, specifically the assistance that it has provided to the Philippines’ capacity development efforts and infrastructure development projects,” including BARMM, the report also said.

The Japanese leader also reaffirmed the “strong bilateral relations between Japan and the Philippines and looked forward to further strengthening the Strategic Partnership,” the Mindanews report said