The Philippines donated P90 million to the Ebola Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF), a common financing mechanism for the response efforts against an Ebola outbreak.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario said that the Philippines’ contribution proves its commitment to assist in the ongoing Ebola virus outbreak response efforts.
The P90-million commitment called the Standard Administrative Arrangement between the Republic of the Philippines and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), was signed by del Rosario and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (ad interim) Terence Jones on February 4.
“This is but one way for us to give back to the international community for the outpouring of support in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan . . . part of our commitment to protect and promote the welfare of Filipinos overseas,” del Rosario said.
For his part, Jones lauded the Philippines for its commitment to jointly address “not only the challenges posed by Ebola, but also challenges posed by other pressing cross-border issues, such as climate change, disaster risk reduction and management and the post-2015 sustainable development goals.”
The signing ceremony was witnessed by World Health Organization Representative Julie Lyn Hall, Health Undersecretary for Administration and Finance Nemesio Gako and the 14-member Ebola Rapid Response Team, led by Ambassador Ricardo Endaya who recently returned from West Africa to assist Filipinos in the Ebola-affected areas.
The Ebola Response MPTF was launched by the UN Secretary General as a financing mechanism to ensure the coherent response of the UN System and rapid and transparent mobilization of funding from all stakeholders. It is administered by the UNDP MPTF Office in New York.