• Unicef hands over P8.6 M for Albay health programs

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    LEGAZPI CITY: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has allocated P8.6 million intended for health projects that would develop tools and training modules on assessing health system resilience in the province of Albay.

    UNICEF country representative for the Philippines Lotta Sylwander said her agency forged a partnership with the provincial government and Bicol University, to develop resilient systems and build capacities of local governments and national agencies on disaster risk reduction projects.

    Sylwander added that the partnership is in recognition of the great work of Albay as a model of climate change adaptation and disaster reduction.

    “This partnership is in recognition of the great work of Albay governor Joey Salceda in the area of climate change and disaster risk reduction” she said.

    “We want to tap into the rich experience and expertise of governor Salceda and his team to build systems and approaches that would help make other local governments more resilient,” Sylwander added.

    The partnership initially covers projects on health and disaster risk reduction where the UNICEF poured in $200,000 or an equivalent of P8.6 million.

    Cedric Daep, chief of Albay Public Safety Emergency Management Office (APSEMO) who represented the governor, said the project will greatly help in their disaster resiliency initiatives.

    Bicol University President Fay Lea Patria M. Lauraya said her office entered into the agreement to give the higher institution a chance to work with the grassroots and local government units in disaster risk reduction management.

    Sylwander explained that local government units benefit from monitoring and evaluation frameworks so that they are able to measure the efficiency and effectiveness of their responses.

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