ILOILO CITY: The Swiss government is helping  Filipino migrants and their dependents by giving $230,000 or roughly P10 million to the Philippines through the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO). The Philippine government has a counterpart fund of $37,000 for a joint project sponsored by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). CFO Secretary Imelda Nicolas said the second phase of the Migration and Development Initiative in Western Visayas Project will focus on Iloilo, Capiz and Antique for 22 months or until April 2016 in a move to localize migration and development among local government units with specific local projects and investment services for overseas Filipinos. Switzerland Ambassador to the Philippines Ivo Sieber and UNDP Country Director Maurice Dewulf joined hands with the Regional Development Council and National Economic Development Authority with the signing of various agreements. Nicolas said the agreements will create a one-stop shop migrant resource center and set up a migration development council in three provinces in the region. Hopefully, business enterprises will spring out of migrant remittances to their families left behind and the integration of migration and development in the local government annual development plan.The first phase of the project was launched in 2008 until 2012 covering Naga in Albay, Calabarzon and part of Antique province in Region 6.


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