MANILA, Philippines — The Embassy of Canada in the Philippines announced on Thursday (August 12) that the Canadian government is donating P757 million (CND$18.9 million) for development projects in the country.
Specifically, the fund will provide for seven new development assistance projects to be implemented in the Philippines over the next 5 years.
“We support our partners in the Government of the Philippines, civil society and multilateral agencies in rolling out a wide range of programs to mitigate the effects of the pandemic and jump-start the economic recovery of those who have been adversely affected by this global crisis,” Canada’s Ambassador to the Philippines Peter MacArthur said.
According to the Canadian government, the initiatives focus mainly on supporting the Philippines’ economic response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and also in empowering and improving the health of women as well as assisting vulnerable people in underdeveloped areas of Mindanao.
To ensure that the projects will reach its beneficiaries, the Canadian government is continuously working with concerned government agencies and groups, the Embassy said.
Ambassador MacArthur said the initiatives are in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.
“I am confident that they will contribute to inclusive economic growth in marginalized communities, gender equality, youth empowerment, good governance and sustained peace in Bangsamoro,” he said.
The projects include:
• Education initiatives implemented by Save the Children, in close partnership with the Department of Education, in the cities of Parañaque and Taguig and the municipality of Pateros, as well as by Vancouver, British Columbia-based Big Bad Boo Studios, Inc., in coordination with the Bangsamoro Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education to reach children in grades 4 to 6 in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM);
• Health care initiatives implemented by the Canada-based non-governmental organization Inter Pares and its Philippine partner the Likhaan Center for Women’s Health to help more than 54,000 women and girls in Metro Manila and surrounding provinces, as well as by the United Nations Population Fund in at least 10 municipalities in the CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) region;
• Empowerment and inclusive governance initiatives implemented by the Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA) to support resilience and inclusion through investment for sustainable agriculture in the BARMM and in Davao Region, by Philippine Business for Social Progress to advance gender equality and women’s rights across the Philippines and by the Forum of Federations to promote sustained peace in Bangsamoro by supporting the governance capacity of BARMM officials.