Int’l aid groups, RP NGOs commit funds to help Guimaras folk

October 28, 2006

By Nestor P. Burgos Jr.
Inquirer, Oct. 27, 2006

JORDAN, Guimaras – International and local relief and funding agencies and nongovernment organizations have committed to fund the rehabilitation of oil-spill contaminated areas on the island and provide alternative livelihood to affected residents.

At least 13 agencies, institutions and NGOs pledged their support to fund programs and projects in the next five years during the Donors’ Forum organized by the provincial government at the capital town of Jordan on Thursday.

The proposed programs focused on rehabilitation of marine resources especially the mangroves and providing alternative livelihood to affected residents, mostly fishermen and shell gatherers.

Representatives of the agencies and organizations presented their plans and areas of concern during the day-long forum.

The international relief agencies and funding institutions include the Japan International Cooperation Agency, German Development Cooperation, World Vision International, United Nations Development Program, Canadian International Development Agency, Oxfam and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The NGOs that attended the forum were the League of Corporate Foundations, Petron Foundation, Peace and Equity Foundation, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, Save the Children, Taytay sa Kauswagan, Save Our Lives, SOS!, Pagatpat Foundation, and the Panay Rural Development Council Inc.

The University of the Philippines in the Visayas has offered its technical assistance especially in research and monitoring of the effects to the environment and community.

The League of Corporation Foundations (LCF), a network of at least 69 corporate foundations, including the Philippine Daily Inquirer, is planning to establish mangrove nurseries and support a mangrove rehabilitation program, said Allan Victorino, chair of the LCF communications committee.

The LCF also plans to bring in computers for public schools and provide alternative livelihood like hog raising and poultry production and cosmetology.


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