29 Apr P63M Project Launched by EU and UNDP To Sustain Peace Efforts in Mindanao
In a statement on April 28, 2016, EU Ambassador Franz Jessen said that the “Support Peace-Bangsamoro Project”, the launched P63M project by the European Union and the United Nations Development Program to sustain peace efforts in Mindanao, will be implemented starting from 2016 to mid of 2017.
The said project is aimed at keeping the dialogue for peace open, strengthening peace-building efforts. It is to support capacity-building for local leaders and other stakeholders on public administration and parliamentary processes, to strengthen the constituency for peacebuilding in the Bangsamoro which includes establishing partnerships with the lgu and civil society organizations, to develop platforms that will capacitate the youth and women to actively take part in peacebuilding, and to provide support to the Third party Monitoring of the execution of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.
Titon Mitra, country director of UNDP Philippines, said that the funded project by the EU was important because it will greatly contribute to the peacebuilding efforts in Mindanao, especially to the conflict-stricken areas due to the non-passage of BBL.
“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. UNDP and the EU have a long-standing partnership on and commitment to peacebuilding initiatives in Mindanao,” Mitra said.