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UN mobilizes P1.4-billion fund for Philippines’s Covid rapid response

The United Nations (UN) in the Philippines has mobilized some P1.4 billion  through   150 Covid-19 rapid-response activities  being implemented by 20 UN agencies  throughout the country.

“In the Philippines, the UN has moved swiftly to support the government-led effort to contain Covid-19 and limit its socioeconomic impact,” said Gustavo Gonzalez, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Philippines. “Our support combines the reorientation of existing interventions to cope with the crisis, the implementation of timely impact assessments as well as technical assistance and in-kind support to national, regional and community partners.”

“The Philippines acknowledges the UN’s immediate support to the Covid-19 response in the Philippines. We recognize the  contributions in the health sector through humanitarian  initiatives that target the most vulnerable,  on top of  multi-sector al  programs and  activities  that aim to assist the Philippines recovery from the pandemic. With the help of organizations like the UN, we are hopeful that the country can be more resilient  in facing  future crises,” said Karl Kendrick Chua, Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary of the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).

The UN’s P1.4-billion rapid Covid-19 investment consists of   in-kind support, as well as technical assistance. Sixty percent of the activities are being implemented nationwide, while 20 percent are focused on the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), followed by the National Capital Region (NCR) and other regions.

The  report reflects on a wide range of  UN  interventions in the field of health,  education,  social protection, sustainable livelihoods and employment generation  in urban and rural areas,  as well as  food security, habitat  and environment.

The UN in the Philippines is presently revising its program   of cooperation  aiming at the adoption of a “ UN  Socioeconomic and Peacebuilding Framework  for Covid-19 recovery in the Philippines ”   to support and reinforce efforts in the Philippines to recover and stay firmly on the path toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

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