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Australia has increased its total support to recovery and long term peace and stability in the southern Philippines to PHP975 million (AUD 25 million) following the siege of Marawi City.
Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely, together with Climate Change Commission Secretary Emmanuel De Guzman, Abuyog Mayor Lemuel Gin Traya, and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Country Director Titon Mitra, led the groundbreaking to mark the construction of a disaster-resilient and resource-efficient multi-purpose evacuation center in Abuyog, Leyte.
The construction of the 'green' multi-purpose evacuation center is part of Australia’s PHP 282 million (AUD 7.3 million) multi-year grant to support the long-term recovery and rehabilitation of communities affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The Australian Embassy will join the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Dayaw: Philippine International Indigenous Peoples’ Festival 2018. The festival, organised by NCCA and the Province of Capiz, is the largest gathering of Indigenous groups in the country and attracts participants from other countries. Festival activities include cultural performances, fora, culinary arts demonstration and Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan (Gamaba) exhibits.
No Child Left Behind: Study calls for better care of children with disabilities
The Situation of Children with Disabilities in the Philippines study addresses this information gap and provides data that will support the development of responsive national programs and services for children with disabilities. Supported by the Australian Embassy, UNICEF, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the report underlined that children with disabilities continue to experience barriers to access basic social services. This is compounded by poverty, lack of data, weak governance and discriminatory attitudes related to disability in general.
Launch of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch
Ambassador Amanda Gorely remarks at the launch of the Marawi Reconstruction Conflict Watch. Australia has been a strong supporter of development, peace and stability in the southern Philippines for over 20 years. As well as our longstanding support for education, we are funding development projects in conflict-affected communities in Muslim Mindanao. Through our program Australian Partnerships for Peace and our trusted partners like International Alert, we are supporting the peace process and helping to resolve conflict and build peace.
Australia supports training for Philippine Government Leaders
Top officials from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) completed a leadership and management skills training course with support from the Australian Government. Sixty-eight NEDA executives - from undersecretaries to regional directors - undertook a customized program for government leaders. It was delivered by the Civil Service Commission’s (CSC) Civil Service Institute based on a course designed by the Australian Government.
Direct Aid Program
Call for Proposals
The Australian Embassy in the Philippines is seeking project proposals from community groups, NGOs, and other organisations engaged in development work in the Philippines. The Direct Aid Program is a flexible small grants scheme funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. Under the program, grants are provided to projects that can demonstrate direct benefits to local communities. Grants of up to PhP1 million per approved project will be provided with a 6-12 months implementation period.
DAP encourages activities that address the needs of marginalised sectors including disadvantaged children; women and girls; indigenous peoples; persons with disability; the youth, LGBT community, poor farmers and fisher folks, remote rural communities and the urban poor.
DAP also encourages projects that address cross-sectoral needs and those that meet multi-sectoral objectives.
DAP will prioritise the following initiatives/projects for assistance:
· child protection
· promotion and protection of the rights of women and girls
· sustainable livelihoods and income generation, especially promoting women’s economic empowerment
· community-based development facilities (e.g., water and sanitation systems, learning/training centres)
· environmental projects (potentially with health and income-generating outcomes).
· sports diplomacy
· disaster risk-reduction initiatives
Interested applicants are encouraged to visit the webpage for more information on the grant, including requirements and online application. The Direct Aid Program proposal form should be accomplished and submitted by 7 December 2018.