MANILA, Philippines — The Japanese government has poured in an estimated P7.5 million to assist abused women and children in Mindanao who were traumatized from the armed conflicts in the region and also those who experienced different forms of physical and sexual abuse, illegal recruitment or trafficking, as well as domestic violence.
The Japanese Embassy said one of the projects worth $78,383 in Barangay Capiton, Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao consists of the construction of a two-storey building complete with facilities for providing services such as counseling, psychosocial sessions, skills training, and temporary shelter.
The embassy said that with the newly constructed wellness center, the first of its kind in Maguindanao, abused women and children can now have an accessible facility where their needs can be addressed.
The center will provide temporary accommodation, counseling, livelihood skills training, and protection of women from further hazard and violence.
Another project, worth $94,517 in Barangay Simuay, Sultan Kudarat, involved the construction of additional training facilities that will cater to an increased number of Bangsamoro women and children.
In this project, a new building including dormitories had been constructed. Necessary equipment for skills trainings, such as sewing machines and food processors, had also been provided.
By having dormitories, people from remote areas can also have opportunities to benefit from the training conducted in the center.
Japan believes that these projects, which were implemented under the J-BIRD or Japan-Bangsamoro Initiatives for Reconstruction and Development, will not only strengthen friendship between the peoples of Japan and the Philippines, but also contribute to fostering a strategic partnership between the two countries.