MANILA, Philippines - The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate European Union (EU) has provided P312 million to the United Nations World Food Programme for the livelihood recovery of 50,000 families displaced by conflicts in Mindanao.
The grant, worth 5.9 million in euros, will be under the Aid to Uprooted People Programme to fund the project "Enhancing the Resilience of Internally Displaced Persons in Central Mindanao by Strengthening Livelihoods" for a period of two years.
EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux said the support will directly address poverty alleviation for the poorest in Mindanao, now on its crucial phase towards the creation of the Bangsamoro political entity.
"As a major development partner in poverty alleviation in Mindanao since 1990, this grant is a strong re-affirmation of the European Union's support to the development of Mindanao, and this will no doubt continue in the light of the recent peace framework agreement," he said.
Small scale granaries as well as food- and cash-for-work activities will be implemented for agricultural cooperatives, farmers, and fishermen, and provide them with production, post-harvest, and value-chain support.
Projects such as watershed management, reforestation, and agro-forestry will be promoted in the interior uplands to ensure a better living environment for the internally displaced persons. Mangrove replantation and biodiversity restoration and conservation will also be further strengthened in coastal communities.
The grant is already on top of the P462 million support for the peace process announced last July.
The initial grant will finance the humanitarian, rehabilitation and development component of the International Monitoring Team (IMT), where EU is one of the major stakeholders. This will also cover support to local and international non-governmental organizations for the civilian protection component of the IMT.