Embassy of Japan: Message at the handover of the water system in Barangay Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao under the ILO-Japan Water and Sanitation Project

By Ambassador Koshikawa Kazuhiko of the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines at the handover ceremony of the water system in Barangay Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao under the ILO-Japan Water and Sanitation Project, 5 April 2022, Maguindanao, Philippines

Meeting document | Maguindanao, Philippines | 05 April 2022
Honourable Minister Muslimin Sema( ムスリミン・セマ)
Ministry of Labor and Employment, BARMM and
Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman

Honourable Country Director Khalid Hassan(カリード・ハサン)
International Labour Organization

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

(マガンダング ウマガ ポー)Magandang umaga po (Good morning)

It is an honour to once again represent the Government of Japan in this turnover ceremony. Just recently, we also handed over a completed water system to Barangay Reina Regente, here in Maguindanao. Today, this ceremony marks the completion of all 11 water sub-projects we committed in Mindanao, culminating this three-year partnership between Japan and the ILO on such a high note.

Signed in March 2019, the ILO-Japan Water and Sanitation Project is aimed to improve access to safe water supply, while providing decent work opportunity to the people of beneficiary communities. Japan has been supporting water supply systems and sanitation projects in the Philippines, grounded on the premise that every individual has the right to safe and accessible water. Many depend on water for subsistence and even livelihood. Such necessity is further highlighted with the current health pandemic.

We recognize that safe and accessible water is more valuable now during the COVID-19 pandemic as proper sanitation is highly needed. Through this project, 70 households of Sitio Tenorio in Barangay Awang will now benefit from this water system constructed in their area. I look forward to seeing the locals and children gain better access to potable water, averting water-borne diseases and maintaining their good health.

I commend all our partners and stakeholders, especially the ILO, for successfully completing this project amid the COVID-19 pandemic. There may have been challenges brought about by the pandemic, but what matters is the immeasurable and lasting impact this will bring to the people. Especially now, it is important that these locals feel that they are taken care of. I believe this project served as a two-pronged approach to address their needs during this pandemic—one for safe water supply and another for decent source of income. Hence, let me congratulate everyone here for a job well done.

This may be the last of our 11 water system sub-projects with the ILO, but the assistance of the people of Japan to the Bangsamoro region will not end here. We are determined to keep our active contributions going until we see a very peaceful and progressive region that the Bangsamoro people truly deserve.

Once again, to the ILO and all our partners in the ILO-Japan Water and Sanitation Project, thank you very much for your hard work and cooperation. I hope for other opportunities to collaborate with you again in the future.