UNDP and European Commission Helping Mindanao

Despite the continuing skirmishes in central Mindanao, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the European Commission (EC) recently allotted more funding for conflict-affected areas in the island.

The Mindanao Economic Development Council (MEDCo) said at the 7th Mindanao Working Group meeting held at the Manila Pavilion on October 2, UNDP pledged additional funds for the Action for Conflict Transformation (ACT) for Peace Programme, the fourth and final phase of the Government of the Philippines–United Nations Multi-Donor Programme (GoP-UNMDP) that started in 1997.

The EC also affirmed its commitment to aid the people of the Philippines who are affected by natural or man-made disasters, by allotting 7 million Euro (P470 million) aid for both relief efforts, as well as longer-term assistance to address the plight of displaced persons in conflict affected communities.

For relief efforts, the EC, through its European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) specifically allotted 4 million Euro (approximately P270 million) to help people affected by the recent violent incidents in Mindanao, MEDCo said.

This funding will be coursed through veteran partners in the field, such as UN agencies, the International Red Cross, and NGOs. It will be used to include cover agency food distribution, drinking water and additional sanitation facilities, non-food relief items, basic shelter assistance, health care and psycho-social support, emergency support to livelihood rehabilitation and protection, MEDCo said. – PNA

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