Canada donates additional P44M fund for PH peace education

Marje Pelayo   •   August 18, 2021   •   596

MANILA, Philippines — Canada is donating an additional funding of US$1.1 million or approximately P44 million in peace education in the Philippines, according to a press release issued by the Canadian Embassy in the country.

Specifically, the Canadian government has approved the release of the said amount to extend the implementation of the “1001 Nights Civic and Peace Education Program” to the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).

The Animating Change: 1001 Nights project seeks to support the learning continuity of children in grades four to six during the COVID-19 pandemic, while promoting peace and stability in the BARMM.

“1001 Nights” is a multi-platform educational entertainment program that uses cartoons to teach children life skills and civic values, including non-violence, human rights, democracy, and gender equality, in both formal and informal learning environments.

By increasing children’s understanding of civic values, the project aims to reduce the vulnerability of children in the BARMM to the drivers of instability.

The project will provide training and educational support to 50,000 children (30,000 girls), 5,000 parents/caregivers (3,000 women), and 1,500 teachers (1000 women) in 100 schools in the region.

It will be delivered by Vancouver-based Big Bad Boo Studios, Inc., in coordination with the BARMM’s Ministry of Basic, Higher, and Technical Education.

The “1001 Nights Civic and Peace Education Program” is based upon a very popular and award-winning animated television series called “1001 Nights”, which has aired as commercial entertainment on premier television networks in over 70 countries to a global audience of over 100 million people.

Canada donates P757M for development projects in the Philippines

Marje Pelayo   •   August 12, 2021

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.

Philippines, Canada to sign labor agreement in May

Marje Pelayo   •   April 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III has announced that the Philippines is entering into a labor agreement with Canada for the deployment of skilled workers, teachers, and culinary workers to the North American country.

Bello said the agreement, which is set to be inked in May, involves the protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) particularly concerning their personal belongings like passports and cellular phones.

Also, part of the agreement will include salary rate and working hours as well as insurance and rest days.

“Maganda itong development na ito na magkakaroon na tayo ng bilateral agreement para mabigyan ng sapat na proteksyon ang ating mga kababayan,” Bello said.

Secretary Bello noted that being the second-largest country by land area, Canada is currently underpopulated thus it needs additional workers.

Aside from Canada, labor agreements are currently on the negotiating table between the Philippines and other countries like Russia, China, and those in Eastern Europe specifically the Czech Republic, Romania, and Poland.

There is also high demand for caregivers in Israel, Bello said.

Meanwhile, the Labor Department is expecting approval on an additional budget from the national government for the repatriation of overseas Filipino workers since the P6.2 billion budget given to the agency has already been used up. -MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Canada approves Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine, shipment to arrive soon

Marje Pelayo   •   December 10, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was pleased to announce on Thursday (December 9) that the country’s Ministry of Health already approved the purchase and use of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.

In a series of tweets, the Canadian Prime Minister said they are expecting 30,000 doses of the vaccine on Monday (December 14) to arrive at 14 points of shipment across Canada.

Before the end of the year, Canada is set to receive up to 249,000 doses more.

Health Minister Patty Hadju commended the efforts of Canadian health experts in making the procurement of the vaccines possible.

Despite the arrival of COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Trudeau reminded Canadians not to let their guards down and observe public health guidelines to curb transmissions.

He encouraged Canadians to stay updated by downloading the government’s #COVID-19Alert app for latest news.

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