Japan officially launched the “Mindanao Sustainable Agrarian and Agriculture Development Project (MinSaad)” on July 17 in Davao City. Mindanao Development Authority Secretary Lualhati Antonino, Agrarian Reform Undersecretary Jerry Pacturan; Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Assistant Secretary Howard Cafugauan; Mayor Rodolfo Duterte of Davao City; and Counselor Koichi Ibara of the Embassy of Japan’s Consular Office in Davao led the ceremonial launching of this very laudable initiative.
The MinSaad project is a yen loan assistance from Japan totaling 6,063 million yen. The project is designed to increase agricultural productivity and income of agrarian reform beneficiaries, as well as other marginal farmers through provision of small-scale agricultural infrastructure, such as construction of irrigation facilities, post harvest facilities, farm-to-market road, and capacity building support. It seeks to increase competitiveness and ensure viable and sustainable agriculture development in twelve selected settlement areas in three regions in Mindanao covering 205 barangays and 25 municipalities. Around 69,091 agrarian reform beneficiaries are expected to benefit from this project.
The government of Japan is committed to supporting the Philippine’s nation building efforts, in line with the Philippine Development Plan (PDP). This five year MinSaad project is aligned and supportive of the development thrusts of the PDP. Both the two Governments recognize the need to contribute to ensure food security and further improve self-sufficiency through rationalization of agricultural land use.
Japan as the top donor to Mindanao, has been proactive in its unwavering assistance and efforts to concretize lasting peace and stability building in Mindanao. As a partner and a neighbor of the Philippines, Japan has implemented a wide range of support projects for more than a decade for peace and development in Mindanao.
The MinSaad project complements the Philippine government’s efforts to preserve and strengthen the human assets and livelihoods that are the foundation of stability, peace and development in Mindanao, and reaffirms Japan’s continuous support to the on-going peace-building and rehabilitation efforts in Mindanao, as a strategic partner of the Philippines.