The European Union (EU) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) launched a new project that aims to sustain peace efforts in Mindanao.
EU Ambassador Franz Jessen and UNDP Philippines Country Director Titon Mitra presented the “Support Peace-Bangsamoro Project” that will be implemented from 2016 to mid-2017.
“We would like to keep the dialogue open to strengthen peace-building efforts even in the grassroots level. This initiative would contribute to ensuring participation of all stakeholders especially women and children in local processes, decision-making and conflict mitigation for sustainable peace,” expressed Ambassador Jessen.
He continued, “The EU recognizes UNDP’s experience and expertise on implementing peacebuilding projects and we are pleased that our partnership will continue.”
With funding of €1.2 million (P63 million) from EU, UNDP will implement the Support Peace-Bangsamoro project that aims to; support capacity-building for local leaders and other stakeholders on public administration and parliamentary processes; strengthen the constituency for peace-building in the Bangsamoro, including establishing partnerships with local government units and civil society organizations; develop platforms that will enable the youth and women to actively engage in peace-building; and provide support to the Third Party Monitoring of the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
For his part, Mitra said, “The security situation in conflict affected areas in Mindanao is potentially volatile with the non-passage of the legislation to create a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.
“Peacebuilding efforts need to be deepened and this project will make an important contribution to the difficult but critical process of securing a lasting peace,” he concluded.