The Government of Japan provided a grant amounting to US$46,244 or ₱2,605,892 for the small scale farmers under the project “The Project for the Provision of a Refrigerated Delivery Truck for Small-scale Farmers in Ilocos Norte”. The ceremony was graced by Hon. Matthew J. Marcos Manotoc, Governor of Ilocos Norte on February 8, 2024.
His Excellency Ambassador KOSHIKAWA Kazuhiko signed a grant contract under Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP)1 during a ceremony held at his official residence. The total grant amount of USD 46,244 or PHP 2,605,892 has been approved for the project titled “The Project for the Provision of a Refrigerated Delivery Truck for Small-scale Farmers in Ilocos Norte”. The ceremony was graced by Hon. Matthew J. Marcos Manotoc, Governor of Ilocos Norte.
In his message during the ceremony, Ambassador KOSHIKAWA conveyed Japan’s commitment as the Philippines’ strategic and devoted partner in achieving sustainable and inclusive growth. He shared his hope that this project helps Ilocos Norte play a crucial role in leading the institutionalization of the temperature-controlled supply chain and boosting benefits for both producers and consumers in the Philippines.
Small-scale farmers in Ilocos Norte struggle with limited access to transportation for their crops, relying mainly on middlemen and rented vehicles. This dependence results in high brokerage fees, fewer market options, and crop loss due to unfavorable transportation conditions. Through this GGP project, the Bacarra Multi-Purpose Cooperative will be able to procure a refrigerated truck for small-scale farmers. This initiative will assist them in enhancing their supply operations, gaining better access to the food value chain, and ultimately increasing their incomes.
1 As the top ODA donor for the Philippines, the Government of Japan launched the GGP scheme in the Philippines in 1989 to reduce poverty and help various communities engage in grassroots activities. The above project signed today is the newest addition to the 561 grassroots projects that have already been implemented by the GGP. Japan believes that these projects will strengthen the friendship between Japan and the Philippines and contribute to sustaining strategic partnerships between the two countries.