Vocational training

Japanese subsidy: 1.8 billion yen for the professional training of ex-rebels of the MILF

MANILA, Philippines—Japan has provided a 1.8 billion yen (over 713 million pesos) grant to the Philippines to rebuild a vocational training center for ex-Moro rebels in the city of Marawi and help rehabilitate the area razed by armed conflict in 2017.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) and the National Economic and Development Planning Agency (Neda) signed the grant agreement for the urgent socio-economic infrastructure improvement program on June 8. in the Bangsamoro area.

“The program will contribute to the support of former soldiers of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), helping them to develop professional skills according to the needs of local industry,” Jica said in a statement Thursday, June 9.

“It will do so through the reconstruction of a vocational training center in Marawi town, Bangsamoro region, and the provision of relevant equipment throughout the region,” Jica said.

The program, which will be implemented by Neda in Mindanao, will last 36 months. This has also been identified as a priority by the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority, Jica said.

Not only Marawi, but also the larger region of Bangsamoro – the city of Cotabato and the provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi – have been targeted to benefit from the Jica-funded program.

The latest data from the Ministry of Finance-Bureau of Local Government Finance (DOF-BLGF) on Friday, June 10 showed that 16 local government units (LGUs) borrowed a total of 2.5 billion pesos in May to deploy mainly infrastructure projects.

By the end of the first five months of 2022, at least 102 LGUs have requested a total of 17.1 billion pesos in loans from public financial institutions (GFIs).

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