US launches new program vs terrorism in Cotabato

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2019 03:02 PM

US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission John Law and USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II meet with officials of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority in Cotabato City. Handout

MANILA - The United States launched Friday a new program that aims to help fight terrorism in southern Philippines.

US Deputy Chief of Mission John Law met with local government officials in Cotabato City for the launch of a new Countering Violent Extremism partnership, which aims to increase community resilience against radicalization.

Law, during his visit, also met with officials of the newly-formed Bangsamoro region to discuss Washington's P1-billion ($18.7 million) support for the Bangsamoro Transition Authority.

The US Embassy in Manila added that Law also reaffirmed Washington's commitment in helping Bangsamoro deal with governance and health issues.

There are currently two ongoing US Agency for International Development (USAID) projects for the Bangsamoro region: a P101-million project that supports accountable local governance, and a P760-million health project for mothers and newborns.