Japan assists grassroots projects


Second Secretary Takuhiro Watanabe attended the promotion activity for “The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGP)1 Promotion” held in Davao City in September. The activity was organized by the Embassy of Japan in partnership with the local NGOs and was attended by almost 26 participants and representatives from various Philippine NGOs in Davao and nearby areas.

In his opening address, Watanabe mentioned that the embassy has implemented 512 projects in Philippines under the GGP. He emphasized the significant participation of the government of Japan with regard to promotion of socio-economic and development especially in the Mindanao areas since J-BIRD’s2 first implementation in 2006. J-BIRD will not be successful without the help and cooperation of the local partners, and the Embassy of Japan would like to continue the good relationships with them in promoting economic assistance.

The promotion was held to introduce and explain to all the participants more about GGP including the kind of projects the program supports and the process of application. At the end of the presentation, participants were given the chance to make clarifications and ask questions about GGP. Many of them have expressed their interest in GGP and want to improve the condition of their communities through this scheme.

The Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) was established in 1989 to assist NGOs and local public authorities in developing countries in responding to various development needs in a prompt and complete manner, even though on a comparatively scale.

For more information about GGP/ Japan’s ODA to the Philippines, visit www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp/bilateral/oda/grassroots.html.


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