JICA recognizes Al Haj Murad’s contribution to peace in Bangsamoro region


The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has conferred an award to Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) Chief Minister Ahod “Al Haj Murad” Ebrahim for his exemplary contributions to the peace and development in the Bangsamoro region.

JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka led the conferment of the Covenant President Award to Ebrahim on February 4 during the latter’s visit to Japan, the regional government said.

Ebrahim went on a 4-day trip to Japan where he also met with the country’s different political leaders and visited industrial and infrastructure companies to discuss possible partnership that would help in the development of the Bangsamoro region.

Ebrahim paid a courtesy call on the vice governor of the Hiroshima Prefecture. He also discussed with Hiroshima City Mayor Kazumi Matsui the roles of national, regional, and local governments to city development.

The interim Chief Minister also met with the officials of the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo.

Ebrahim discussed future cooperation, development, and partnerships with Hiroshima University President Mitsuo Ochi.

He also visited Satake Corporation Office, an industrial machinery company that specializes on rice processing and grain storing equipment, and the Ota River Flood Control site to observe its infrastructure and flood control system.

The Bangsamoro official visited the House of Parliament in Tokyo as well as Hiroshima Peace Museum and Hiroshima Fisheries and Promotion Center.

He was accompanied by some of the Bangsamoro government officials, including Chief of Staff Alvin-Yasher Abdulgafar, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Asnin Pendatun, Assistant Cabinet Secretary Salem Lingasa, Bangsamoro Planning and Development Authority Chief Mohajirin Ali, and Executive Assistant Hamsur Mama.