In a courtesy meeting with the Bangsamoro Development Agency (BDA) on June 5, 2018, officials from the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) expressed strong and continuing support to Bangsamoro.
According to BDA executive director Mohammad S. Yacob, the TIKA delegates came in Cotabato City to witness and facilitate the implementation of Ramadhan Program.
“They are here with us for the 300 Iftar Meal and 300 Food Pack distribution for this holy month”, Dir. Yacob disclosed.
He added that part also of the visit was discussion and expression on support to Bangsamoro.
“They, the Turkey government is really willing to help the Bangsamoro, and according to them, their on-going assistance are only pilot projects even before the establishment of Bangsamoro government”, Dir. Yacob told.
The TIKA officials were Kamil Kolabaş, Kenan Yiğit, both consultants of the Turkey Prime Minister and of the President of TIKA, , Yeşim Baktir, country director and M.Enes Hancioğlu, deputy country director.
At present, TIKA is funding the construction of three units of birthing clinic and five units of school building in selected communities of Central Mindanao, Ranaw and Davao regions.
TIKA has also supported the TIKAbuhayan project implemented by the BDA in 2016.
TIKA is the official development agency of Turkey government working as cooperation mechanism of the country to reach out with other nations.