Palace launches version 2 of FAiTH website

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 30 2014 03:29 PM | Updated as of Apr 30 2014 11:29 PM

MANILA -- Malacañang has launched version 2 of the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub (FAiTH) for the donations to victims of super typhoon "Yolanda."

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda on Wednesday presented before the media the salient features of the aid monitoring website that is hosted on the online Official Gazette.

The improvements that distinguish FAiTH 2.0 from its initial launch lie primarily in the fact that 64 countries and 7 multilateral organizations now have access to FAiTH's content management system.

Lacierda explained that with each embassy or organization now possessing a unique account username and password, they now have the ability to input or update their country or organization's cash and non-cash pledges.

He added that necessary measures are in place to ensure accuracy and ease of verification.

"As embassies update their data, each successful entry will generate a unique transaction ID and an electronic alert sent to the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA). Each update must also be officially communicated to the DFA via Note Verbale," he said.

Lacierda noted a number of these embassies and organizations have already updated their data; thus, the figures on this version of FAiTH are also the most updated figures on aid and assistance.

Another feature is that version 2.0 will also record assistance pledged or given by private, foreign non-government organizations (NGOs) made to the Philippines, so long as this assistance has been officially communicated to the DFA through Note Verbale.

Donations from private individuals coursed through Philippine embassies abroad are also included in the tally.

"In light of the enhancements that have been made to FAiTH, we are respectfully calling on the entire diplomatic corps, as well as our other development partners, to provide detailed information on the aid and assistance they have given. With greater accuracy of data that FAiTH provides, all our efforts -- from that of the Philippine government to private organizations, to our international partners -- can be guided accordingly towards greater success," Lacierda said.

As of now, total foreign aid pledged stands at P34,043, 132,766.25 or about 762.97 million US dollars.

Of this amount, P11,069,911,621.69 are in cash while P22,973,221,144.56 are non-cash.

Total cash received by government is P14,997,132,777.47.