EU to donate 605.4 million pesos for peace initiatives in Bangsamoro

SEAT OF POWER | The Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in the Muslim Governmental Center of Mindanao in the city of Cotabato houses the offices of members of the Bangsamoro Transitional Authority. (Photo courtesy of BANGSAMORO INFORMATION OFFICE)

ILIGAN CITY, Lanao del Norte, Philippines – The European Union is set to contribute 10.4 million euros (about 605.4 million pula) for initiatives that support the Bangsamoro peace process normalization agenda.

The Project Steering Committee (PSC) of the Program for Peace and Development in Mindanao – Peace and Development in Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has just approved four projects for EU funding, according to the Director Wendell Orbeso of the Office of the President Counselor for Peace, Reconciliation and Unity,

The CPS is co-chaired by Presidential Peace Advisor Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.; BARMM Education Minister Mohagher Iqbal, who is also chairman of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace implementation committee; and Christoph Wagner, Head of Cooperation of the EU Delegation to the Philippines.

Wagner said the projects, which are expected to start within two months, “will primarily focus on camp transformation, socio-economic interventions for recognized camps and Marawi town, and the process of dismantling MILF fighters.” .

The project implementers are the United Nations Development Programme, the Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, Initiatives for Dialogue and Empowerment through Alternative Legal Services, and the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund.

Orbeso said the projects would specifically address pressing issues related to poverty, peace and security.

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